Your sacroiliac joint (also known as your SI joint) connects your hip bones to either side of your sacrum (tail bone), acting as a sort of shock absorber for your lower body and torso. Sacroiliac joint fusion surgery is typically performed when:
- You have significant pain in your lower back, hip, or groin that makes it difficult to function in everyday life
- Nonsurgical methods have not been effective
- There is instability in your pelvis and lower back that causes pain or makes it difficult to stand or walk
- You have stiffness and limited mobility in your hips, lower back, groin, or legs
- There is increased pain after sitting, standing, or lying for long periods of time
Almost all of the sacroiliac joint fusion surgeries that Dr. Soldevilla performs as minimally invasive procedures using the most advanced techniques and tools.
After making small incisions on your hip, Dr. Soldevilla uses X-ray scans to view where instrumentation needs to go. He will then drill holes in the sacrum and ilium where he places implants to make the joint more stable. Dr. Soldevilla may also place a bone graft to the ilium to encourage bone growth across the joint. Fusion occurs during the healing process following the surgery.
The procedure usually takes about an hour and you will most likely be in the hospital overnight. Afterward, you will walk on crutches for a few weeks, and then we will allow increased activity.