What is Sacroiliac Joint Fusion?

Sacroiliac joint fusion is a surgical procedure that is performed to stabilize the sacroiliac joint (SI joint). The SI joint is located in the pelvis and connects the sacrum (the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine) to the ilium (the large bone that forms the upper part of the pelvis).

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The procedure involves fusing the bones of the SI joint using various techniques, such as screws, plates, or rods, to create a single, solid bone. This fusion can be done using either an open surgical approach or a minimally invasive approach.

The objective of sacroiliac joint fusion is to reduce pain and improve function in patients with chronic SI joint dysfunction, which can be caused by a variety of conditions such as arthritis, injury, or pregnancy-related changes. 

The procedure is typically considered when other non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, medications, or injections, have failed to provide relief.

In other words, you don’t want to jump into a sacroiliac joint fusion before you exhaust all other options. It’s best to consult with a specialist who can run the necessary tests and monitor your progress without surgery. Then, if you’re still in the same position, you can consider going down this path. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.