A study demonstrated that after two years the minimally invasive iFuse procedure was more effective than conservative management.
Study data show that use of the iFuse Implant System (iFuse) for chronic low back pain attributed to the sacroiliac joint was safe and more effective than conservative management. The iFuse procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only a small incision along the side of the buttock, Jeffrey Dunn, CEO of SI-BONE, told MD+DI, adding that the procedure entails significantly less recovery time than open surgery for SI joint fusion (SIJF).
Dunn said that iFuse was designed to provide immediate stability, an important feature in treating SI joint dysfunction. “Our engineers designed the iFuse Implant as a small, triangular implant to minimize rotation of the joint as soon as it is implanted,” he said. “The implant has a porous surface to closely mimic the trabecular structure of cancellous bone supporting bone growth and long-term fusion.”
Published this month, “Randomized Trial of Sacroiliac Joint Arthrodesis Compared with Conservative Management for Chronic Low Back Pain Attributed to the Sacroiliac Joint” showed that minimally invasive SIJF with iFuse Implants was safe and more effective than conservative management in relieving pain, reducing disability, and improving patient function and quality of life at two years, Dunn said. “The study further demonstrates that the SI joint can be a source of chronic lower back pain and supports iFuse as an effective minimally invasive procedure for patients with SI joint pain,” he explained. “The study represents a significant clinical milestone for us because the results were published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), one of the most prestigious general orthopedic journals. This publication signals the broad acceptance of SI joint surgery as an important topic of study in orthopedics.
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