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The sacroiliac joint is a low motion joint that connects the pelvis to either side of the sacrum, acting like a shock absorber between the lower body and torso. A sacroiliac fusion is a procedure that uses a minimally invasive technique to immobilize/fuse the sacroiliac joint in order to help alleviate pain and discomfort. Common causes of sacroiliac pain include sacroiliac joint degeneration, trauma, hip pathology, and scoliosis. During the procedure a small incision is made over the sacral area and guide pins are inserted through a small hole allowing access to the ilium. The sacroiliac joint is cleared of cartilage and soft tissue and a bone graft is placed into the joint space. Patients normally have an overnight hospital stay. The bone fuses during the healing time following the procedure and pain typically begins to improve within a few weeks after the procedure.
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It is encouraged that patients continue with a healthy diet and exercise prior to surgery. You will want to be well hydrated and nourished when arriving for surgery. We recommend drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day. Eat a diet high in fiber, vitamin C and iron. Limit alcoholic beverages and those that contain caffeine.