Sacroiliac Joint  Fusion

This information is useful for adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our orthopaedic surgeons have a high level of expertise in sacroiliac joint fusion, a cutting-edge technique not widely available elsewhere.
  • Our doctors are also researchers who participated in the original clinical trials for sacroiliac fusion. They continue to look for ways to improve the experience for patients.
  • We are leaders in musculoskeletal care with access to the latest techniques and technology for diagnosis and treatment of a variety of bone, joint, nerve and muscle ailments.

You might not even know what your sacroiliac joint is—until it acts up. When it is injured, this joint, which connects the base of your spine to your pelvis, can cause intense pain that radiates down into the leg. “I have seen people who are quite debilitated by this kind of pain to the point where they have trouble standing and walking,”  says Peter G. Whang, MD, and associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine.

Sacroiliac joint fusion is one of the newest and best  procedures to provide relief for sacroiliac pain, and it is routinely performed by orthopaedic surgeons at  Yale Medicine. 

There are two sacroiliac joints that connect the sacrum, located at the base of the spine, to the iliac bones, which  make up the pelvis. When the ligaments or bony surfaces are damaged, due to trauma, arthritis or other conditions, the sacroiliac joints can be the source of intense pain that may radiate into the leg.