Am I a Candidate SACROILIAC JOINT FUSION
Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion surgery to limit movement in the joint may be a good treatment for some people. Find out by consulting with a doctor. The doctor will consider your overall health, symptoms, and the success of your treatment to date in deciding whether to advise surgery with the Rialto™ SI fusion system made by Medtronic.
Dr. Carter Beck explains that SI joint fusion surgery is reserved for patients whose pain is interfering with everyday life and for whom other treatment options have not helped to bring lasting pain relief. Dr. Beck is a neurological surgeon at Montana Neurosurgical Specialists in Missoula, Montana.
Treatment with the Rialto SI fusion system may be an option if you:
Dr. David Rouben discusses considerations for women who are considering pregnancy. Dr. Rouben is an orthopedic surgeon at Norton Spine Specialists in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Rialto SI fusion system should not be used in patients with the following conditions:
Potential risks in any surgical procedure include unforeseeable complications caused by anesthesia, blood clots, undiagnosed medical problems, such as silent heart disease, and rare allergic reactions.
In addition, some risks of SI joint surgery include incomplete pain relief, damage to the nerve roots, infection, and complications with the hardware.
Most of these complications can be treated once they are detected, but sometimes they require a longer period of hospitalization or recovery, additional medications, and sometimes even additional surgery.
These risks will be explained by the primary surgeon. In general, these complications happen very infrequently, but it is important to remember that surgery is a difficult process, and, therefore, unforeseeable complications do occur.
If you think you’re a candidate for SI joint fusion, talk to your doctor. Need help finding an SI joint specialist? Use our search tool to locate one near you.