Recovering from Surgery SACROILIAC JOINT FUSION
After sacroiliac joint fusion surgery, your medical team will design a recovery plan specific to your needs. Keep your doctors informed, follow their instructions, and contact them with questions. Give your body time to heal to maximize the chance of a good outcome.
Recovering from surgery takes time. How fast you recover depends on the type of surgery, your work with a physical therapist, and ability to move and exercise, as recommended by your surgeon.
Dr. Carter Beck says most people who have surgery for the Rialto SI fusion system walk out of the hospital and are sore, but functional, from day one. Usually symptoms last from 6 weeks to 3 months. Dr. Beck is a neurological surgeon at Montana Neurosurgical Specialists in Missoula, Montana.
In most cases, immediately after surgery your medical team will continue to monitor your heart and lung function. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to control pain and nausea.
Before you leave the hospital, your doctor or nurse may:
Dr. David Rouben talks about toe-touch weight-bearing which unloads stress across that joint and promotes healing. Dr. Rouben is an orthopedic surgeon at Norton Spine Specialists in Louisville, Kentucky.
Your surgeon may refer you to a physical therapist who will teach you exercises to improve your strength and increase your mobility. The goal of physical therapy is to help you become active as soon as possible, using safe body movements that protect your spine and your sacroiliac joint. This often includes abdominal-strengthening exercises. The therapist may also teach you different ways of standing, sitting, or lifting to avoid reinjuring your spine.
Contact your doctor immediately if:
Recovering from SI joint fusion surgery is an ongoing process. The timeline is unique to each patient. The best way to recover? Be kind to yourself and follow your medical team’s instructions.