SI Joint Fusion
- Treatments can range from injections, sacroiliac joint belts, physical therapy or the iFuse procedure. Local Parker Adventist spine surgeon, Dr. Brad Duhon, has performed more than 100 sacroiliac fusion surgeries using the minimally invasive iFuse Implant System.
- The iFuse procedure is a promising procedure for patients with unresolved low back symptoms related to the sacroiliac joint. This joint can become damaged either due to normal wear and tear over time or through injury. When such damage happens, it can cause significant discomfort from the lower back down to the lower buttock region and the upper leg.
- Sacroiliac joint pain can account for up to 30% of all lower back symptoms, but may not be included when your physician diagnoses for lower back pain. The iFuse procedure is designed to offer a minimally invasive solution for patients who are no longer responding satisfactorily to conservative care, but for whom the prospect of a traditional open surgery is not desirable.
- The iFuse procedure takes about an hour and involves three small titanium implants inserted surgically across the sacroiliac joint. The entire process is done through a small incision, with no soft tissue stripping and minimal tendon irritation. Patients typically leave the hospital the next day after surgery and can usually resume daily living activities within six weeks, depending on how well they are healing and based on physician’s orders.
- “SI joint dysfunction is such a widely under-diagnosed pathology, that many of these patients live in pain for years before it is finally identified” says Dr. Duhon. “Treatment, upon diagnosis, relies upon a multidisciplinary approach. I am fortunate to work with a team of physical therapists here at Parker Adventist Hospital who are dedicated to conservative treatment of SI joint dysfunction. In addition, our interventional pain colleagues help us to confirm diagnosis and also provide non-surgical therapeutic options. Finally, only when those patients have truly exhausted all conservative modalities does surgery become a viable treatment option. We have done our best here at Neurosurgical & Spine Specialists to follow the outcomes of our SI fusion patients to ensure that the procedure is not only safe, but effective as well.”
Minimally invasive surgery allows the surgeons at Parker Adventist Hospital to access damaged or diseased areas of the spine. State-of-the-art equipment allows for smaller incisions, which can decrease postoperative pain, cause fewer muscle spasms and allow for a speedier recovery and more cost-effective care.
Some of our Parker minimally invasive spine procedures include:
- Dynamic stabilization techniques: Technology used as an alternative to spinal fusion
- Sacroiliac joint fusion: A surgical procedure that fuses a pelvic bone to the spine
- Endoscopic microdiscectomy: A minimal incision technique using a small fiber-optic camera to see the affected disc
- X Stop™: A recently approved implanted device designed to provide pain relief for spinal stenosis
Traditional Spine Surgeries
For those spine conditions that cannot be treated with minimally invasive procedures, we provide many traditional spine surgeries in Parker:
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
- Artificial disc replacement
- Bone grafts and synthetic bone grafts
- Cervical corpectomy
- Deformity correction
- Discectomies (with or without fusion)
- Lumbar spine facetectomy, foraminotomy, laminectomy and microdiscectomy
- Posterior cervical spine facetectomy, foraminotomy and laminectomy
- Posterior cervical laminoplasty and microdiscectomy
- Posterior lumbar interbody fusion
- Sacroliliac joint fusion (minimally invasive)
- Spinal fusion
- Spinal motion preservation
- Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Guided Spine Surgery Options
At Parker Adventist Hospital, we are proud to be the first hospital in Colorado to offer the Renaissance™ Guided Spine Surgery system. This guided surgical system is the latest advancement in spine surgery and enables surgeons to provide safer and more accurate minimally invasive spine surgeries — with less pain and faster recovery times.
Trust Your Spine Surgery to Parker Adventist Hospital
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