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Innovative Implant to Treat Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Reaches New Milestone

SI-BONE recently announced that their innovative iFuse Implant System has reached an important milestone; over 8,500 patients have been treated with the iFuse resulting in over 25,000 iFuse implants placed in patients worldwide. The iFuse system is a minimally invasive surgical device used to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint when conservative measures fail to provide long term relief. The iFuse Implant System is the only device used in minimally invasive SI joint fusion for which there is published peer-reviewed clinical safety and effectiveness data. In minimally invasive SI joint fusion, the iFuse system accounts for over 90% of all of these minimally invasive procedures.

The sacroiliac joint is a strong weight bearing joint in the pelvis that connects the sacrum and pelvis. These joints move together as single unit and provide additional shock absorption for the spine. Just like other joints in the body, this joint can become unstable and dysfunctional. When SI joint dysfunction is severe, this joint can refer pain to the hip, groin, buttocks, and even down the back of the thigh. Pain may be worse with movements that stress that joint, such as standing up from a seated position, walking up an incline, elliptical exercise, prolonged sitting or walking, or twisting when rolling in bed at night. SI joint dysfunction or inflammation can mimic pain similar to degenerative hip disease, hip bursitis, lumbar disc herniation, or pinched nerves.

Over the past several years, there has been increasing awareness and recognition of SI joint pain as a potential and common source of low back pain. A 2009 study published in Spine by Sembrano et al. found that up to 25% of patients presenting to a spine clinic had significant pain from the hip or SI joint. In 2011, DePalma et al in Pain Medicine identified the SI joint as a low back pain generator in 43%, and possibly as high as 61%, of patients with continued back pain after a lumbar fusion. Initial conservative treatment options for the SI joint typically involve physical therapy, medication and injection management. When these non-surgical treatments for the SI joint fail, surgical options such as the iFuse exist to provide permanent stability and pain reduction. We are very proud of Dr. Hasz and his leading expertise in SI joint related pain. Our surgeons remain on the forefront of providing innovative evidence-based spine treatments.

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