First 3D Printed Bone Screw is Designed for Relieving Pain Caused by Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
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Illustration of the Orthofix FIREBIRD SI Fusion System for Low Back Pain (Photo: Business Wire)
“Pain in the lower back and buttocks may often be caused by degeneration of the SI joint as a result of stress to the joint during pregnancy or childbirth, everyday normal wear and tear, or an injury such as a fall,” said Dr.
The FIREBIRD SI Fusion System is designed with a porous mid-shaft region that allows bone to grow into its surface – creating a bond between the implant and the patient’s bone at the SI joint. Featuring a cannulated screw design, the system enables the surgeon to pack the device with autograft and/or allografts like the Trinity ELITE™ Allograft with viable cells to help ensure bone fusion. The FIREBIRD SI screws are available in an assortment of lengths and diameters to address a variety of patient anatomies. This novel system is being launched in the
“Orthofix Spine prides itself in creating differentiated technology for the advancement of patient care,” said
The FIREBIRD SI Fusion System is implanted through a minimally invasive surgery that typically can be performed in about an hour and may lead to less time at the hospital and a faster recovery than a traditional sacroiliac joint fusion surgery. The procedure with the FIREBIRD SI Fusion System involves inserting two to four bone screws across the SI Joint to stabilize during the fusion process.
About SI Joint Pain
The sacroiliac joint connects the hip bones to the sacrum. Covered with cartilage, the SI joints sit on each side of your spine and allows for some movement. They act as a shock absorber between the upper body and the pelvis and legs. Dysfunction of the SI joint may cause low back and/or leg pain that is typically worse when standing and walking. Published clinical literature indicates that sacroiliac joint pain is estimated to affect between 15 and 30 percent of individuals with chronic low back pain.
Common causes that may lead to SI joint dysfunction and pain include trauma, lifting or twisting, pregnancy, natural childbirth, degeneration from previous lumbar spine surgery, stresses to the joint due to leg length differences, joint replacement or scoliosis among others.
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