LinQ Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion
What is it?
Pain-Teq SI Joint Fusion is a minimally invasive surgical technique to help stabilize the sacroiliac joint. Often the sacroiliac joint becomes dysfunctional from degeneration or arthritis, inflammation, trauma, or even because of post-partum ligamentous laxity. It can account for almost 30% of back pain! Previously, patients who had SI joint dysfunction/pain and failed conservative treatments such as injections or physical therapy, would have to undergo large and extensive fusions with hardware to stabilize the joint. However, with the advent of the LinQ fusion, a very small piece of cadaveric bone is inserted through one inch incision into the joint to help stabilize and heal it. The procedure is completed under sterile conditions in an outpatient surgical setting under 30 minutes. No large fusions, very little to no blood loss, but most importantly, patients are able to get back to living their best life.
What is Sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
The sacroiliac joint connects the sacrum and ilium bones. It is connected by strong ligaments, but can become dysfunctional over time, and often is source of major source of back and buttock pain. It may occasionally also radiate into the hip and groin. Often times, the pain refers into the legs and can even mimic sciatica. Patients may have difficulty turning over in bed, struggle to put on shoes/socks, experience leg pain while getting in/out of the car, and can experience stiffness in the lower back when getting up after prolonged periods of sitting.
Am I a candidate?
You may be a candidate if you have failed a combination of previous treatments, have had trauma to the area, are post-partum, have adjacent segment disease, and/or have diagnostic testing
Does my insurance cover the procedure?
Yes! All major commercial insurances and even Medicare typically cover the procedure.