Neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Scodary from SSM Health DePaul Hospital, is one of a handful of surgeons in the area who performs an SI stabilization procedure that can be utilized after more conservative measures fail. The fusion surgery in the SI where the spine joins the hip is proving very successful. “I recently had a lady who had this problem for 40 years, had the fusion done and within a week didn’t have her pain anymore.”
The new procedure is minimally invasive. About a one inch incision is made in the side of the hip and screw like devices called cages are implemented. “Using those wires as guides cages and screws are put across this joint and the cage are filled with bone graft and over time will fuse and stabilize that joint.”
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