How long does it take to recover from SI fusion surgery?

How long does it take to recover from SI fusion surgery?

Recovery from a SI joint fusion generally takes 12 weeks, but patients continue to heal for up to a year after surgery. This is because the bones have to fuse together which takes around 3 months. Every patient is different.

Can you walk after SI joint fusion?

Walking is the best activity you can do after surgery and will help with your recovery progression. Movement will have keep joints and muscles flexible, reduce and improve strength and balance. Use a walker or crutches as needed when walking.

How successful is SI joint surgery?

The articles in the scientific literature up to 2010 overwhelmingly proved that SIJ fusion surgery worked and in up to 75% of the cases significant pain relief resulted. In my own practice, our hospital became an international referral base for those suffering with painful dysfunctional SIJs.

How long does an SI joint fusion last?

Day of iFuse Surgery The iFuse procedure involves the insertion of typically three small, triangular, titanium implants across the SI joint, and is designed to stabilize and fuse the SI joint. This procedure is done through a small incision in the buttock and takes approximately one hour.

What are the side effects of SI joint fusion?

Migration, loosening, breakage or failure of the implant; Muscle pain due to the change in function of the SI joint; Stress to and fracture of the bones in the pelvis surrounding the implants; and. Need for additional surgery to remove or adjust the positioning of one or more implants.

When is SI joint surgery needed?

When the following symptoms persist for several weeks or months and do not respond to nonsurgical treatment, sacroiliac joint fusion may be recommended: Significant low back, hip, or groin pain that makes it difficult to function in everyday life and has not been effectively treated using nonsurgical methods.

Is SI joint damage permanent?

Sacroiliac joint pain ranges from mild to severe depending on the extent and cause of injury. Acute SI joint pain occurs suddenly and usually heals within several days to weeks. Chronic SI joint pain persists for more than three months; it may be felt all the time or worsen with certain activities.

When do you need SI joint surgery?

For most people with sacroiliac (SI) joint pain, medication, physical therapy, and injections are enough to take care of the problem. But if they don’t knock the pain out in 6 months, your doctor may suggest more intense treatment, including surgery.

Do you lose range of motion after SI joint fusion?

The implants reduced the SI joint range of motion in all directions (Figure 3; Table 2). The SI joint motion was reduced by 56.6% in flexion, 59.5% in extension, 27.8% in lateral bending, and 53.3% in axial rotation.

Is SI joint pain a disability?

For people who suffer from severe sacroiliac joint pain, it may be impossible to work at all. If your lower back pain prevents you from earning a living, you may qualify for Social Security Disability for sacroiliac joint pain.

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