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What is Sacroiliac Joint (SI) Fusion?

What is Sacroiliac Joint (SI) Fusion?

Understanding Sacroiliac Joint (SI) Fusion

When it comes to typical aches and pains, most people just wait for them to pass on their own. Unfortunately, sacroiliac joint (SI) pain can’t be easily ignored—it can get in the way of everyday activities and even lower your quality of life.

Fortunately, you don’t have to continue living in pain because SI joint fusion may be a viable solution for you. Here’s what you need to know about this minimally invasive procedure.

What is SI Joint Fusion?

During a sacroiliac joint (SI) fusion procedure, the ilium and sacrum are grafted together with the reinforcement of a titanium rod, compression screws, or even a bone graft. When the bone surrounding the SI joint is fused, it effectively immobilizes the joint, resulting in a dramatic reduction in pain and inflammation.

While traditional SI joint fusions can involve large incisions and painful bone harvesting, less invasive versions of the procedure have been developed over time. At Inspired Spine, our team of experienced spinal surgeons utilize a minimally invasive version of this procedure that takes about 30 minutes to complete.

With this less invasive version of the procedure, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • No bone harvesting.
  • Faster recovery time.
  • Smaller incisions.
  • Less blood loss during the procedure.

When is SI Joint Fusion Appropriate?

Though sacroiliac joint fusion is an elective procedure, there comes a point where it may be a viable treatment option.

If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to consider this treatment option to help alleviate your lower back pain:

  • Your pain is getting in the way of performing day-to-day activities.
  • You experience persistent pain while standing, walking, or getting up.
  • You are experiencing limited mobility in the lower back or hips.
  • Other nonsurgical courses of treatment options are no longer effective.

Minimally-Invasive SI Joint Fusion in Minnesota

When it comes to aches and pains, discomfort that affects your back can be more than just an annoyance—it can negatively affect your quality of life and your independence. At Inspired Spine, our experienced and knowledgeable spinal surgeons take the time to understand and properly diagnose the source of your pain and walk you through the best treatment options for your unique needs.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our spine surgeons, call (952) 225-5266 today.