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SImmetry® is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed for individuals with SI Joint Dysfunction or Sacroiliitis who haven’t gotten relief from conservative care. Only SImmetry is designed to help surgeons fully prepare the joint, then insert bone graft into the joint to help facilitate a bone fusion—in other words, a TRUE SI joint fusion—while maintaining the integrity of muscles and ligaments that surround the joint. This means a more rapid return to daily activities following the procedure and optimized potential for a successful fusion. Commonly asked questions include:
How big is the incision?
The procedure requires two small incisions, usually only two centimeters long. They’re made on the side of your buttock and no muscles or ligaments are cut, enabling you to return to normal activity levels more quickly and with less pain than more invasive procedures.1
The incisions were so small—less than an inch long!
Will I be awake?
No. Your surgeon will use general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the procedure, which typically takes one hour to perform.
When can I go home?
Your surgeon will decide the length of your hospital stay, but most patients return home after one or two days.2
I liked being able to return to the comforts of home the day after the procedure.
What will recovery be like?
Although each recovery is different, some patients experience immediate relief. Your surgeon will design a recovery plan to fit your situation. It will often limit your ability to bear weight for a few weeks—and will likely involve walking with crutches—to allow your body time to heal.
“Finally, this new technology gives chronic SI Joint Dysfunction patients a great surgical option that allows a true sacroiliac joint fusion.”
— Gary Fleischer, MD
What is true SI joint fusion?
For decades, surgeons have trusted a few simple steps, or principles, to get the best possible results from a fusion. SImmetry is the only minimally invasive SI joint fusion system that includes all three critical steps:
1. Decortication—scraping the bone surface to trigger the body’s natural healing response.
2. Bone Grafting—filling the space between bones with material bone may grow across.
3. Fixation—placing implants that prevent the joint from moving during the healing process.
The SImmetry System is available by prescription only. Please consult a physician to review all indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions.
Have you tried the following conservative therapies for at least six months without relief?
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- ISASS Member Survey, 2012
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