LinQ™ SI Joint Stabilization System
The LinQ™ SI Joint Stabilization System is intended for sacroiliac joint fusion for conditions such as Degenerative Sacroiliitis and Sacroiliac Joint Disruptions. The procedure allows for fusion and stabilization of the SI joint in eligible patients where appropriate non-surgical treatment has failed, and may provide immediate relief of pain symptoms.
What is the SI Joint?
The sacroiliac joint or SI joint (SIJ) is the joint between the sacrum and the ilium bones of the pelvis, which are connected by strong ligaments. They sit on the left and right side of your spine. The primary role of the SI joint is to provide stability for the pelvis and to bear the load of the upper body when you stand or walk and shift that load to your legs. It is an essential component for energy transfer (or shock absorber) between the legs and the torso.
SI Joint Dysfunction
Common problems of the sacroiliac joint are often called sacroiliac joint dysfunction (also termed SI joint dysfunction; SIJD). Your physician may also refer to sacroiliac joint pain by other terms like sacroiliitis, SI joint degeneration, SI joint inflammation, SI joint syndrome, SI joint disruption, SI joint insufficiency, SI joint strain and arthritis.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction generally refers to pain in the sacroiliac joint region that is caused by abnormal motion in the sacroiliac joint, either too much or too little motion due to the lack of support from the once strong and taut ligaments. In fact, research suggests the SI joint is the source of pain up to 30 percent of people with chronic low back pain.
The LinQ™ SI Joint Stabilization System provides SI joint dysfunction patients with a safe, minimally invasive solution to combat pain. After a thorough diagnostic process, physicians can help alleviate, and in many cases eliminate, chronic pain by placing a single LinQ™ allograft into the SI Joint. This single implant helps patients immediately regain joint stability – and with its large graft window, the LinQ™ SI Joint Stabilization System helps create an ideal environment for long-term fusion.
How does it work?
This unique procedure is minimally invasive and involves implanting one small bone allograft into the SI joint to stabilize and fuse the dysfunctional joint. The entire procedure is done through a single, small incision on the patients back. Patients leave the hospital or surgery center the same day, shortly after surgery and can usually resume daily living activities within a couple of weeks, depending on how well they are healing and based on physician’s orders.
The LinQ™ procedure offers several benefits compared to traditional SI joint surgery:
- Safe posterior approach away from nerves and large blood vessels
- Minimally invasive
- No metal implanted
- Fast Recovery Time
- Proven Effective Results
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