TRUE SI JOINT ARTHRODESIS AND WHY IT MATTERS
Surgeons choose to use the SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System for SI joint fusion surgery because it offers all the advantages of minimally invasive technology, along with the unique benefit of true SI joint fusion, medically referred to as SI joint arthrodesis.
For decades, surgeons have trusted a few simple orthopedic steps, or principles, to get the best possible results from a fusion. SImmetry is the minimally invasive SI joint fusion system that includes all three critical steps to achieve true SI joint arthrodesis:
- Decortication- Preparing the bone surface to trigger the body’s natural healing response.
- Bone Grafting- Filling the space between bones with material bone may grow across.
- Fixation- Placing threaded implants that prevent the joint from moving during the healing process.
This procedure is accomplished while maintaining the integrity of the muscles and ligaments that surround the SI joint—which means better stability and faster recovery for you.
A true SI joint arthrodesis is important because it gives your body the best possible chance to heal and grow solid bone across the joint. This bony fusion is the best method of stabilizing and preventing painful movement in the SI joint for years to come.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SI JOINT FUSION SURGERY WITH THE SIMMETRY® SYSTEM:
Before Surgery – Because your doctor may recommend limited, or toe-touch, weight bearing after your surgery, getting some crutches to use during your recovery may be a good idea. The doctor will also tell you when to stop eating and drinking before surgery, and whether to take your regular medications the morning of the operation. Once you’re at the hospital, a surgical team will prepare you for the operation, taking vital signs and starting an IV for fluids and medications. You may also have an enema to clear your bowels.
During Surgery – Typically your surgery will be performed under general anesthesia in an operating room, so you won’t be conscious and will feel no pain. You will usually lie face down on the operating table while the surgeon places the implants, using X-ray imaging and specifically designed instruments inserted through two 2-centimeter incisions in the buttock. The entire procedure is usually done in about an hour.
After Surgery – You will probably be ready to go home 1-2 days after your surgery. You may have some swelling in the buttocks—if so, icing the area will help. You won’t be able to put much weight on the treated side, and will need to use your crutches for the next 4–6 weeks while your bone heals. At 4–6 weeks post-op, your doctor will examine you to determine what level of activity is safe for you. When appropriate your doctor will determine when you may resume full-weight-bearing activities.
Looking Forward – Life After SI Joint Arthrodesis with SImmetry®
SI joint relief is possible with the SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System. Visit our Find a Doctor page to locate a SImmetry Provider in your area. The SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System is available by prescription only. Ask your doctor to provide details on the indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions.