Post-Surgery: What to Expect
With the SI joint fusion surgeries I have performed, I’ve seen post-operative pain rates ranging from 1 to 10 as I have seen it with other kind of surgeries. Post-operatively, the vast majority will experience some kind of pain with activity or when applying pressure to the fused side. This should mostly subside within a few weeks after surgery. A surgeon will always be following up with the patient on a regular basis, addressing concerns or pain lasting longer than a few weeks.
So far, in my practice, I haven’t seen any complications with the SI joint fusion system of my choice. I usually keep patients over night after surgery and I recommend partial weight-bearing for three to four weeks before full weight-bearing on the affected side. However, there have been times where my patients have come back to full weight-bearing faster than three to four weeks.
As discussed, each patient case is unique and I tailor the recovery guidelines according to the patient’s specific situation.