“The Sacroiliac (SI) joints are the foundation of the spine. These joints transmit the forces exerted through the spine from the upper body to the legs. The SI joint is naturally confined to limited movement. Instability in the SI joint is a major pain generator for some patients.”
Dr. Fiks | Advanced Pain Management Center
The CornerLoc™ SI Joint Fusion System has been designed to achieve optimal stabilization and fusion potential with the least invasive approach and surgical instrumentation available. After careful palpation of the SI joint, two CornerLoc™ grafts are placed at right angles within the SI joint, effectively creating immediate joint stability and an ideal environment for fusion.
The procedure is performed using a posterior approach through two small incisions in the lower back utilizing the shortest and safest access to the SI joint. This results in a lower risk of surgical trauma, reduced blood loss, shorter surgery times, and faster recovery.
Due to the nature of the procedure, there is minimal risk of post-operative complications. Most patients begin walking hours after the procedure. Within two weeks, you can expect to be able to return to work and perform non-strenuous activities.
Causes of SI joint instability and pain:
- Prior injury or accident
- Low back instability or prior low back surgery
- Ligamentous loosening due to pregnancy
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Common symptoms of pain involving the SI joint:
- Low back pain
- Pelvis/buttock pain
- Lower extremity pain
- Hip/groin pain
- Problems sitting, sleeping, or walking