[citem title=”Where is the surgery performed?” id=”citem_62″ parent=”collapse_98″]
Northeast Georgia Medical Center, in Gainesville, Georgia.
[citem title=”How long will I be hospitalized?” id=”citem_36″ parent=”collapse_98″]
1 to 2 days is the usual postoperative hospital stay.
[citem title=”Will I walk with crutches/walker after surgery?” id=”citem_20″ parent=”collapse_98″]
Not usual unless you have a piriformis release surgery along with the SI surgery.
[citem title=”How will I know if I need a fixation or a fusion of the SI joint?” id=”citem_100″ parent=”collapse_98″]
This will be determined by your physical evaluation, diagnostic tests and history.
[citem title=”How will I know if I need a piriformis release surgery as well as the SI surgery?” id=”citem_1″ parent=”collapse_98″]
You will get a special EMG study (test) by a neurologist before surgery.
[citem title=”Will my insurance pay for the surgery?” id=”citem_31″ parent=”collapse_47″]
The surgical procedure is covered by most major insurance companies, medicare and workers comp.
[citem title=”How long will I be out of work?” id=”citem_53″ parent=”collapse_47″]
It depends on the physical demands of your job. The typical length of time away from work is 6 weeks.
[citem title=”Will I need physical therapy after the surgery?” id=”citem_51″ parent=”collapse_47″]
Yes, patients typically start a post-op exercise program 3 weeks after surgery. If you are out of our area we ask you to see your local physical therapist and provide you with a post-op exercise protocol to follow.
[citem title=”Will I have limited mobility after the surgery?” id=”citem_8″ parent=”collapse_47″]
You will have no long term loss of mobility or stiffness.
[citem title=”What are my lifestyle limitations after surgery?” id=”citem_81″ parent=”collapse_47″]
We recommed you do not participate in the following: bungee jumping, parachute jumping, rock climbing, step aerobics, stairmaster, chiropractic manipulation of the lumbar spine, heavy lifting (more than 50lbs).