Sacroiliac fusion in GB – Part 1

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  • #22315
    Eva
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    I should like to thank Kitty in Germany for writing on this Forum that SI joints were now considered for fusion. I have had right SI joint instability for many years.
    With this knowledge I looked up on Google the top ten spinal surgeons as voted by spinal surgeons in this country. I chose a surgeon in Cardiff as he had an interest and experience of fusing disfunctional SI joints. I had surgery for this most painful and debilitating condition on 23 July 2013. Previously I have had 3 level fusions in the 80s and a disc replacement at L3-L2 in 1998 which incidently is working fine after 15 years.
    The right SI fusion was the least painful of all my spinal operations and it has changed my life. I am 73 years old.

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    Hi Eva
    Thank you so much for posting this information. It’s great to hear of your success. For legal reasons, we have had to remove the actual name of your surgeon but you are welcome to post the name of the hospital you attended.
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    #22316
    Anonymous
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    You sound as if you’ve been through the mill over the years but how wonderful to hear of your successful operation, you have given me some hope at last! Thank you. xx

    #22317
    Janilou
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    Hi Eva, I am so interested to hear that you have had successful SI joint fusion in Cardiff.
    I am also investigating this possibility – can you tell me whether this was the SI iFuse implant where you have three titanium strips inserted?
    It is done by keyhole op and did you have it done on NHS or privately? Would love to know more. I have contacted this surgeon but am awaiting a reply.

    #22318
    kitty
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    Hi Eva, I am so happy to hear this! What wonderful news 🙂 Did you have the iFuse procedure, where they insert 3 rods or DIANA where they implant a cage, which looks a bit like an old fashioned hair roller?! Both of them are ‘minimallyinvasive’ surgery and compared to bigger lumbar fusions etc., a lot less difficult to recover from. I, myself, have had the DIANA procedure done in Germany, but I know of someone else who has just has surgery in Cardiff. I think he had iFuse. Apart from the inconvenience of having to use crutches for several weeks, my recovery was quite simple. Hope you continue to make a good recovery. Don’t rush things, tho!

    #22319
    Eva
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    To Kitty and Janilou in answer to your queries.

    The hospital that I had the SI surgery in is the private Vale Hospital, Hensol. I am unsure as to which procedure was used as two were mentioned during my first consultation..

    The operation was performed under X-ray guidance and the incision (5 cm in length) is on my side. I now have two weeks of bedrest and crutches remaining.

    The surgeon will phone me on September 2nd and I will ask the name of the device that he used.

    #22320
    kitty
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    Eva, how long did you have to use crutches for? Do you have to wait (if so, for how long?) for physiotherapy?

    #22321
    Janilou
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    Thank you for this reply Eva and I guessed it was the Vale Hospital in Cardiff. I shall be most interested to know whether it is the iFuse system. I have contacted the hospital from the enquiry page on the website but have not yet had a reply. Were you referred by your pain consultant or GP to go there or did you arrange it yourself? My right SI joint has been worsening for the last 5 years and 10years before that. I am now 77 and would do anything to be able to walk more than 100 yds or so.

    #22322
    kitty
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    There is a Sacro-Iliac Joint Disease page on Facebook where you can find out a lot of information from people who have this condition. Quite a lot of people there have had iFuse surgery Janilou.

    #22323
    Eva
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    Kitty

    I will be using crutches and having bedrest for two more weeks. That will be six weeks in total. As I am medically insured I do not have to wait for physio.

    Janilou

    I arranged my first and only consultation with the surgeon myself. A scan was taken during that time. My GP and Musculoskeletal Specialist wrote accompany letters.

    #22324
    kitty
    Participant

    Eva, I didn’t mean having to wait for physio because of waiting lists etc., I meant did the doctor tell you how long before you were allowed to have physio? For DIANA patients like me, it’s 6 months, but I believe iFuse is shorter.

    #22325
    Janilou
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    Eva, thanks for your last posting. I have registered on the Contact Club and hoped I might find you there. I thought maybe I could contact you direct to confirmation of the surgeon’s name. Would you consider this?
    It looks as though I will need to see my pain consultant for corroboration before approaching Cardiff. Unfortunately I do not have medical insurance and I need to know how costly the iFuse will be. It is great to find someone who has had either this or the Diana technique.

    #22326
    Janilou
    Participant

    Hi Eva & Kitty, your messages have encouraged me to contact Vale and I have an appointment with the consultant on 9th September to see whether I am suitable for the iFuse treatment. It has made all the difference knowing someone has already done this. Are you without any pain now both of you?
    I hope you will let us know how you are doing and I will write again after my appt.
    The waiting time for the pain support clinic in my area (East Midlands) is getting worse and I am desperate to get some help.

    #22327
    Eva
    Participant

    KITTY

    I am already doing gentle exercises when lying flat. I was given a sheet of diagrams to follow 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.

    JANILOU

    After surgery the chronic pain, muscle spasm and sciatica had completely disappeared. Now that I am gently exercising the muscles that I have not used for a very long time are complaining but this will settle down.

    #22328
    Eva
    Participant

    It is six weeks since I had the right sacroiliac fused and this afternoon I had a telephone consultation with my surgeon.

    The device used was a GLOBUS SI-LOK. My surgeon said that it is the latest device and it is the quickest to allow weight bearing.

    I have given up using crutches today and I am now using a walking stick.

    #22329
    Janilou
    Participant

    Hallo Eva – thanks for your posting and a further surprise to hear of another technique which I shall investigate on the net. Are you still completely pain free and was it difficult on crutches for 6 weeks? I am trying to visualise showering or even getting up stairs. I will write again after my apt next Monday.

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