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Sacroiliac Fusion

Experiencing sharp, stabbing pains in your pelvis and thighs? Maybe it feels as though your legs might buckle at any moment?

A sacroiliac fusion could be the treatment for you. Dr. Callewart has been performing this procedure for over 30 years – experience the best and schedule with him today.

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What is Sacroiliac Fusion?

A sacroiliac fusion, also known as an SI fusion, is used to end pain in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. It is a minimally invasive treatment option for when pain medications are not effective enough for total pain relief.

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.

female doctor examining pelvis x ray in hospital

What Should I Expect After A Sacroiliac Fusion?

After surgery, you may feel some stiffness as your body heals. Recovery after SI joint fusion surgery is typically 12 weeks, but for some patients it can take up to a year.

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.

Are you in pain?

Most patients experiencing pain can be seen by Dr. Callewart or his physician assistant within 24 hours in Dallas, Forney, Rockwall and Addison, Texas.

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