The sacroiliac joint connects the base of the spine to the pelvis. When injured, this joint can cause pain that radiates down into the leg. Sacroiliac joint stabilization is a minimally invasive procedure done to reduce pain in the lower back and pelvis as well as help alleviate other symptoms related to sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
How Sacroiliac Joint Stabilization Works
Sacroiliac joint stabilization is a fusion surgery that uses bone grafts and implants to form a solid union between the pelvis and spine. By stabilizing the pelvic ring, the procedure reduces stress on the sacroiliac joint. This reduces pain, inflammation and maximizes function.
This procedure is done by making a small incision on the lower back and inserting either one or more implants along the sacroiliac joint to provide stability. Bone grafts may be inserted around the implants to strengthen the fusion.
This procedure generally takes about 45 minutes to complete, with most patients returning to their normal activities within a few weeks. When undergoing sacroiliac joint stabilization, most patients can expect to go home the same day.
Conditions Sacroiliac Joint Stabilization Can Treat
This procedure is intended to treat patients with sacroiliac joint pain or instability. Symptoms associated with this condition include:
- Lower back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Problems sitting
- Difficulty walking
- Hip pain
Am I a Good Candidate for Sacroiliac Joint Stabilization?
If you are experiencing symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and have not had success with more conservative treatment options such as physical therapy or medication, sacroiliac joint stabilization may be right for you.
To determine if this treatment is right for you, your doctor will perform a physical exam, take a detailed medical history, and order diagnostic studies. A fluoroscope is used to visualize the sacroiliac joints and diagnose any abnormalities that may be present.