Could Data Backing Implant Shift Treatment?

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.

By Daphne Allen | MD+DI

Image Credit: SI-BONE


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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