What is the sacroiliac (SI) joint?

There are many structures in the lower back and pelvic area that can cause pain. Most commonly, people think of a “slipped or ruptured disc” as the most common cause of low back pain. Occasionally, hip problems can be confused with low back conditions when in fact, there are many causes of low back pain, including arthritis, severe injury, osteoporosis, and a poorly aligned spine.

In 15% to 20% of all low back pain cases, the sacroiliac joint (SI) is responsible for the pain in the lower back, pelvic region, buttocks or legs. There is no need to suffer with low back, hip or leg pain any longer. Your pathway to relief and a return to normal activity begins with a simple phone call and expert evaluation

Our Treatment Approach

In the past, sacroiliac joint fusion involved several hours of open surgery involving a significant incision to access the joint, removal of cortical tissue from the joint and the use of bone grafts from other parts of your body to help fuse the joint. Patients typically required several days in the hospital after surgery and an extended recovery period at home.

Now, there is an alternative. A minimally invasive surgical procedure called the iFuse Implant System® is being performed with smaller incisions, less down time and greater long-term success.

This highly advanced procedure uses a guide pin to place the titanium implants across the sacroiliac joint. These small implants are designed to correct the sacroiliac (SI) joint by
allowing the surgeon to stabilize the joint without a long and involved surgical procedure.

Dr. Douglas Won, a pioneer in the advancement of minimally invasive surgery, is presently the only surgeon in the area with the extensive training required to perform the iFuse Implant procedure to correct issues of the SI joint. The surgery is performed in an out-patient setting at the new Star Medical Center, an innovative new specialized surgery center developed by Lumin Health.

Causes

become loose or injured. When this happens, you will feel pain in your buttocks and sometimes even well above your buttocks and even higher up in your skeletal structure. This is especially true during any physical activity involving lifting, running, walking or even sleeping on the involved side.

Symptoms

According to a recent survey of all spine related orthopedic ailments, a full 22% of all individuals who presented with low back pain were diagnosed with an SI joint issue.

If you have trouble sleeping comfortably, or frequently experience your leg buckling or giving way, pain in certain lying or bending positions, hip or groin pain or tenderness in your buttocks, you may have an SI joint disorder.

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