Dr Lee recently published on the incidence of new onset sacroiliac joint pain following lumbar fusion in the Journal of Spine Surgery.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can be a great mimicker of many spinal conditions. The sacroiliac joint can be a new source of pain following spinal fusion, thought to be due to abnormal mechanical stress on the sacroiliac joint following spinal fusion. Of those patients who suffered from sacroiliac joint pain in the study cohort, 80% were successfully managed with focused rehabilitation involving core and pelvic stabilization, anti-inflammatory medication, pain management referral for counseling and radiofrequency denervation. Only 20% failed non-operative treatment requiring further sacroiliac joint fusion. It is important for clinicians to be aware of this potential condition and treat accordingly. Dr Lee performs minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion using intraoperative navigation for patients who have exhausted conservative treatment options.
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