What is Sacroiliac Fusion?
Why is Sacroiliac Fusion Performed?
The sacroiliac joints link your pelvis and lower spine, connecting the iliac bone (pelvis) to the sacrum (the lowest part of your spine, above the tailbone) and can become fragile or broken down due to arthritis, causing pain.
Joint fusion surgery can limit future SI joint dysfunction, while also helping the patient to feel long term pain relief. Without this treatment, you may experience immobility.
How is Sacroiliac Fusion Performed?
SI joint fusion spinal surgery is performed through a small incision in your lower back or buttocks.
Dr. Callewart will use an x-ray to ensure the proper location is found, and will place a wedge of some kind to hold the sacroiliac joint in place – there are a variety of medical tools that can be used as the wedge, Dr. Callewart will discuss the most relevant for you ahead of treatment.
What Should I Expect After A Sacroiliac Fusion?
Frequently Asked Questions About Sacroiliac Fusions
1. Can you walk normally after SI joint fusion?
Yes, but not immediately. Patients will be able to walk with a cane or supportive device for the first 4 weeks post surgery, and from there will practice specific walking exercises to help regain full mobility.
2. Is an SI joint fusion a serious surgery?
Yes. While it is minimally invasive, it does include the use of general anesthesia and the recovery period starts at 12 weeks, so it is considered a serious surgery. Because of this, it’s important that you seek out a well trained medical professional, like the team here at the offices of Dr. Craig Callewart, M.D., P.A.