A 25-minute surgery already changing lives

15th Feb 2016

A new groundbreaking study with just a 25-minute surgery is already changing lives. This surgery could provide lower back pain relief for hundreds of thousands of people.

The minimally invasive procedure is a SI joint fusion surgery that inserts three titanium bars into the joint.

Dr. Clay Frank, the trial’s lead investigator, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Wheaton Franciscan’s Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. Dr. Frank discovered that pain relief after surgery was 80 percent for patients with the surgery. The non-surgical group only saw 20 percent in pain relief.

Dr. Frank said, “I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I have never seen a tool this powerful.”

The surgery involves pushing the muscle fibers apart to access the bone, and then inserting three wires to guide the triangular bar into place. A four pound mallet is used to hammer the titanium bars into the joint.

Jen Christianson said the surgery saved her life. Once a marathoner, and zumba enthusiast, she could barely sit in the car. “Tears were constant. The pain was so severe,” she said.

After the procedure, Christianson said, “My life today, it’s changed totally.”