Study confirms effectiveness of lateral sacroiliac joint fusion

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A study found positive outcomes in patients who underwent a lateral minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion using hollow screws.

The study, conducted by Inspired Spine, included 62 patients who had sacroiliac joint fusion with hollow fenestrated screws, according to an Aug. 5 news release. The mean disability score on the Oswestry disability index improved from 52.2 percent to 34.9 percent after a year, and 56 of the patients didn't need a hospital stay.

The study concluded: "Minimally invasive SIJ fusion using hollow screws through a lateral to the medial trajectory is a safe and effective procedure in patients with SIJ pain who have failed conservative therapy. This procedure can routinely be performed on an outpatient basis, and patients report significant improvements in their Oswestry disability scores one year after the procedure. Given the significant burden caused by SIJ pain, more research is warranted to determine the best surgical treatment."

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