Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion in Reno
Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion surgery may be recommended when pain in the SI joint does not subside with more conservative treatments. The sacroiliac joint links the iliac bones of the pelvis to the sacrum, which is the lowest part of the spine above the tailbone. It is an essential component for shock absorption that protects the spine. Dr. Sina Rajamand can perform Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion surgery at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno.
The sacroiliac joint is more of a flexor joint than one that allows free movement. However, wear and tear, inflammatory joint disease, degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis or trauma can lead to pain and other symptoms, such as:
- Lower back pain
- Radiating pain into the lower extremities
- Pelvic pain
- Groin pain
- Leg instability
- Pain when sitting, standing or moving between each
X-rays, CT scanning and MRI imaging is used to diagnose SI joint problems. Joint injections are also helpful for diagnosing the condition. X-ray SI joint injections can provide relief of pain, and also help to determine that this joint is the source, or at least a major contributor, of your pain or other symptoms.
Minimally-Invasive SI Joint Fusion
When pain injections, physical therapy or other treatments are ineffective, you may be recommended for minimally-invasive SI joint fusion surgery. In this procedure, Dr. Rajamand inserts titanium implants across the SI joint to provide stabilization and support. The bones on either side of the joint fuse to the implants, forming a single, strong structure that prevents movement, eliminating the source of pain.
Dr. Rajamand specializes in true minimally-invasive procedures like these, using tiny incisions and advanced surgical tools with cameras to access the joint and perform precise operations. The risk of damaging nearby tissues is greatly reduced, as is the risk of infection. Smaller incisions and less trauma at the surgical site lead to faster healing and recovery from surgery. SI joint fusion surgery typically takes about an hour and patients go home the same day.
If you suffer from lower back pain, radiating pain in the legs, groin and pelvis, contact Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno and schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Sina Rajamand. A Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion could be the solution to your pain and other symptoms.