AAMC One of Few in Maryland Offering Innovative Procedure to Treat Symptoms of Lower Back Pain
Anne Arundel Medical Center is one of two hospitals in Maryland providing an advanced non-invasive procedure that provides significant relief of lower back pain for some people with chronic back problems. “For selected patients who are no longer responding to conservative care, the iFuse Implant System offers a minimally invasive surgical option,” states Gary A. Dix, M.D., a neurosurgeon at AAMC.
According to Dr. Dix, “Up to 30% of low back symptoms are related to the sacroiliac (SI) joint.” Underscoring the need for proper diagnosis is the fact that pain originating in the sacroiliac joint can mimic radiating low back pain. “This could potentially lead to the wrong diagnosis and treatment that may not include the appropriate pain generator,” says Dr. Dix. Physicians will want to perform several diagnostic tests to determine if SI joint is contributing in whole or in part to symptoms. These tests may include provocative manipulation and injecting the SI with painkillers.
The iFuse Implant System’s minimally invasive procedure offers several benefits compared to traditional SI joint surgery:
- Minimal incision size
- Immediate post-operative stabilization
- Minimal soft tissue stripping
- Potential of a quicker recovery