SI Joint Surgery

Neurosurgery located in Fort Worth, Lake Worth, Granbury, Cleburne and Weatherford, TX

SI Joint Surgery

Up to 30% of chronic low back pain stems from the sacroiliac (SI) joints. At Fort Worth Brain & Spine Institute, SI joint pain specialists, including MDs, FAANs, FACs, NPs, and physician extenders, including RNs and PA-Cs, offer attentive medical care for patients struggling with back pain and mobility issues. Treatments like SI joint surgery can help you get back to your life without lingering low back pain. There are two offices in Fort Worth and additional practice locations in Granbury, Cleburne, and Weatherford, Texas, so call the one nearest you or book your appointment online today.

What is SI joint surgery?

SI joint surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that stabilizes the sacroiliac (SI) joint. The two SI joints connect your pelvis (ilium) to the lowest part of your spine (sacrum), and their main role is transferring weight from your upper body to your legs.

But, when the SI joints become unstable, it can cause severe pain and may prevent you from being as active as you’d like. SI joint surgery reestablishes SI joint stability so you can move normally without pain again. 

When might I need SI joint surgery?

You could need SI joint surgery if conservative treatments like physical therapy, medication, and injections don’t relieve your pain long-term. If you’re having other issues alongside the pain, like leg instability, an uneven gait, and difficulty making simple movements like standing from a sitting position, you could be a good candidate for surgery. 

Many underlying issues can play a role in SI joint pain, including: 

  • Repetitive high-impact athletics
  • Sports injuries
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Prior lumbar fusion surgery
  • Failed SI joint surgery
  • Prolonged lifting and bending
  • Facet joint syndrome (facet arthritis)

If you’ve experienced any of these issues, SI joint surgery could be the best way to stabilize your spine and ease your symptoms. 

How does SI joint surgery work?

SI joint surgery is a joint fusion surgery that mimics the biological process your body uses to heal broken bones. In this procedure, the surgical team inserts bone or a bonelike material between the sacrum and the ilium. They may fuse one or both SI joints during surgery. 

Metal rods, screws, and plates hold the two bones together, so they’ll heal into a single unit. After surgery, the SI joint’s newfound stability prevents the abnormal movements that lead to pain and other issues. 

What results can I expect from SI joint surgery? 

SI joint surgery has excellent results for most people. Studies show that pain improves 60-70% after surgery, and about 80% of SI joint surgery patients report satisfactory results.

SI joint surgery is an effective method of improving joint stability and relieving chronic SI joint pain. If you’re living with long-term pain and can’t find a solution, the compassionate spine care experts at Fort Worth Brain & Spine Institute are here for you. Call the office in your area or book an appointment online today.