SI Joint Fusion
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People who experience chronic pain in the sacroiliac joint (SI joint) of the spine often have difficulty standing or walking for an extended period of time. The SI joint allows you to perform two of mankind’s most basic functions: stand and walk. Without this joint, you would not be mobile. Since the SI joint plays such an important role in our daily lives, having a spine condition that negatively affects this joint can cause an immediate change in the quality of life.
At Laser Spine, we understand the frustration you feel about the limited mobility you experience from your SI joint condition. Our minimally invasive SI joint fusion procedure aims to alleviate the pain associated with an SI joint condition and treat the condition at its source.
Advantages of Laser Spine’s minimally invasive spine surgery:
- No lengthy recovery
- Board-certified surgeons
- Less than 1-inch incision
- Outpatient procedure
What is our minimally invasive SI joint fusion procedure?
The SI joint is located at the bottom of your spine and is responsible for connecting your spine to your pelvis. Specifically, the SI joint connects the sacrum to the left and right hip bones. The lumbar spine is immediately above the SI joint, which is the reason why most people confuse SI joint pain with lumbar pain. The purpose of the SI joint is to stabilize the spine and allow it to remain strong and upright when standing, running or walking. Imagine the SI joint as the base of the spine; it needs to be strong to support all of the vertebrae and discs that make up the spine.
When a spine condition affects the SI joint, daily activities such as walking and standing become extremely painful and difficult. The goal of our minimally invasive SI joint fusion procedure is to decompress the nerve that is affected in the lower area of the spine and then immediately stabilize the spine to help patients return to their normal daily activities.
During the procedure, the surgeon will enter the SI joint through a small incision in the back. Through this incision, and with the help of special instruments, the surgeon will fuse together the sacrum and the pelvis to stabilize the spine and decompress the affected nerve. We are confident that our SI joint fusion will help you find relief from the chronic lower back pain and limited mobility that you experience with SI joint conditions.
Common causes of SI joint pain
There are several causes of SI joint pain. The best way to determine your cause is to have an MRI taken of your SI joint and lumbar area so we can complete a comprehensive analysis of your spine. The most common causes of SI joint pain include:
- Arthritis of the spine
- Injury from a fall or misstep
- Previous failed lumbar fusion
- Uneven length in legs
- Uneven hip alignment
- Other common spine conditions
The most common symptom treated by our minimally invasive SI joint fusion procedure is pain in the SI joint itself. This pain can also radiating pain to surrounding areas, such as the hips and buttocks.
The most common areas where this pain is seen include:
- Lower back
Other symptoms of SI joint disease include:
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Limited range of motion
- Stiffness in lower back
- Pain that increases with sudden movements, such as coughing or sneezing
- Pain that decreases when lying down
For a complete analysis of the type of spine condition you have and the severity of the condition, we suggest you schedule an in-person physical and MRI review so we can help you determine the best treatment option for your specific needs.
Minimize Your Recovery
Our Approach to Pain
Our minimally invasive procedures are highly focused and designed specifically for each patient. Every procedure is done outpatient, which means the patient can go home the same day. At Laser Spine Orlando, your relief is our mission. Every member of our team, from your patient advocate to your surgeon, will have that mission in mind.
Why Choose Laser Spine Orlando
Laser Spine Orlando believes in a comprehensive approach to spine pain care. Each patient is treated as an individual with personalized treatment and therapy to achieve their personal goals.
15,000 Successful Surgeries
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Pain Free Living
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The staff at Laser Spine Orlando and Dr. Molloy are extremely professional and puts the needs of the patient ahead of themselves. I was able to get an appointment right away with Dr. Molloy after filling out a form online and within two weeks was able to get a much-needed surgery to help relieve my back and leg pain. I love these guys. -Patricia C.
I want to thank Dr. Molloy and the staff at Laser Spine Orlando for giving me my life back. Before seeing them I could barely walk and my pain didn’t allow me to do anything around the house. After my surgery, I was pain-free within a week and was able to care for my husband without the thought of having to lie down and rest due to pain. -Margaret W
Laser Spine Orlando has an awesome group of doctors and staff – Cherise N
Laser Spine Orlando is the only place I’ve found that has a board-certified neurosurgeon and an equally stellar staff that helps patients through the entire surgical process- Sam F