iFuse Implant System
The iFuse Implant System is one of the most innovative to date. Manufactured by SI-BONE, this minimally-invasive treatment method is ideal for patients living with chronic low back pain caused by the sacroiliac (SI) joint.
The SI joint is often the culprit of lower back pain, something that 80 percent of the population will experience at one time or another. It is estimated that SI joint disorders affect 15-30 percent of chronic low back pain patients and can be blamed for more than 40 percent of new low back pain cases.
As you can see, the SI joint can be quite problematic and cause serious problems for patients of all ages and medical histories. Thanks to the iFuse Implant System, patients suffering from SI joint pain finally have an effective treatment option that isn’t surgery.
What is the SI Joint?
The SI joint is located in the pelvis, connecting the sacrum (right above the tailbone, this is the lowest part of the spine) and the iliac (pelvic) bones. If you place your hand on your low back, you should be able to feel both sides of your SI joint.
As with any other major joint in the body, the SI joint can become injured or worn down over time. Whether you have suffered an injury or the SI joint has begun to degenerate for another reason, you may experience pain or discomfort in the low back, buttocks, hips, and even higher up the spine. For many people, the pain is more pronounced with running, lifting, walking, or sleeping.
What Is the iFuse Implant System?
First introduced in 2009 by SI-BONE, the iFuse Implant System has helped thousands of patients looking for an alternative to surgery. The implant is a triangular device that was developed to stabilize and merge the SI joint. One of the main causes of SI pain is a weakened SI joint, which can make it feel like your low back is giving out at times.
With the iFuse implant, patients experience improved function and many have reported their pain has diminished completely.
What Are the Benefits of the iFuse Implant System?
One of the major benefits of the iFuse Implant System is that it is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment option for widespread low back pain caused by SI joint dysfunction. At Texas Partners Healthcare Group, we strive to provide our patients with options that treat the root of the problem, rather than masking it with prescription medications.
While surgery is often necessary for patients with back pain, there are numerous nonsurgical options out there today, including regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, and implant systems like the iFuse.
Some of the other benefits of the iFuse Implant System include:
- Minimally-invasive procedure performed through a small (one to two inch) incision
- Shape of implant device encourages joint mobility
- The shape, material, and intention of the implant are excellent for stabilization of the SI joint
This treatment option is ideal for patients with SI joint conditions such as degenerative sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint disruption. To learn more about the benefits or to see if the iFuse Implant System is right for you, please contact Texas Partners Healthcare Group today and make an appointment.