July 16, 2023

How to Sit After SI Joint Fusion

If you suffer from SI joint dysfunction (pain in the front of the hip or back) and have tried conservative treatment methods without relief, your physician may recommend sacroiliac fusion surgery. This minimally invasive procedure fuses the sacrum and ilium bones to eliminate abnormal movement between these two pelvic bones.

Dr. Riche performs this procedure using minimally invasive techniques, making it easier on patients and reducing the risk of complications. He uses the iFuse implant system, which is inserted through a small incision in your buttock. The iFuse implant is designed to stabilize the SI joint immediately and prevent painful motion between the ilium and sacrum.

The traditional open method of SI joint surgery involved cutting through skin, muscles, and ligaments to reach the affected joint, scraping out cartilage and putting in a plug of bone, which required a long recovery period. The iFuse procedure, which has been around since 2009, is more precise and minimizes trauma to the surrounding tissues.

When you return to weight bearing after sacroiliac joint fusion, your physical therapist will teach you how to sit and stand with safe body movements that protect the newly fused joint. Often, this will involve strengthening the muscles in the front of your hip and improving glute strength.

If you have SI joint fusion surgery, you can expect your pain and other symptoms to improve as the bone heals. However, you should continue to be patient and follow your physical therapist’s instructions as the healing process takes time.

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