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.”
About Mazor Renaissance for Spine Surgery
Parker Adventist Hospital offers the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guided Spine Surgery System. Our expert spine surgeons use this technology to improve the execution and outcomes in a wide variety of procedures, such as: minimally-invasive and percutaneous degenerative repair, pedicle screw fixation for complex spinal deformity, and vertebral augmentation. For patients, there are a number of benefits, including: less trauma and pain, minimal scarring, less blood loss, faster recovery, and shorter hospital stays.
The Mazor Renaissance robotic system has revolutionized spine surgery by moving freehand surgical procedures to state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive robotic-assisted surgery. Using the Mazor Renaissance helps surgeons overcome visual limitations by pinpointing surgical tools to the exact anatomical location, with the highest level of accuracy and safety. So, patients have access to the clinical benefits of minimally invasive surgery, or MIS, without the need for additional X-ray or diminishing surgical accuracy.
How The Mazor Renaissance Works
Spine surgery treatment requires preparation and precision. Surgery with Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guided Spine Surgery System allows surgeons to plan ahead of the operating room. During surgery it guides our surgeons through the pre-operative plan they created.
Surgeons use the Mazor Renaissance advanced 3-Dimensional planning software before surgery to create an exclusive surgical blueprint for each patient and their condition. As the patient’s surgery begins and the physician begins the surgical procedure, the surgeon's Mazor tools begin their advanced techniques according to the surgical outline to place the spine implants safely, and with the highest-level of accuracy. The Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guided Spine Surgery System is revolutionizing spine surgery from free-hand, also known as laparoscopic, procedures to precise, advanced procedures that raise the quality of care through more effective and efficient clinical outcomes.