New Neuro-procedure for S-I joint has patients moving again - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

New Neuro-procedure for S-I joint has patients moving again

The S-I joint is a very common source of back pain. The S-I joint is a very common source of back pain.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Although retired, Annette Taylor leads a busy life. However, back pain slowed her down. 

"I felt like I had no life. I had no quality of life. Everything I did - sat,  laid out - hurt terribly bad and it was like no one could figure out what was wrong," said Taylor. "Take some Tylenol - learn to live with it."

Little did she know that her pain problem could be resolved with a tiny titanium implant.

"I went to his office on Tuesday; Thursday I had the surgery," said Taylor.

Her surgeon said the S-I joint is a very common source of back pain. Dr. Cheng Tao, a Neuro-surgeon, said it's under diagnosed.

"It's a joint that connects our sacrum, which is our tail bone, to our pelvis," said Tao. "Most patients that I see in my clinic… have had previous back surgeries, particularly lumbar fusions. They are patients who have developed problems from trauma and degenerative changes to that joint."

He said there is a not a lot of movement there, but the joint needs to be stabilized.

Surgeons begin with a small incision on the side of the hip. X-rays guide the surgeon who uses special instruments to place the titanium implants across the joint.

"It's a very short procedure, usually between 45 minutes and an hour. What we do is place three implants across the S-I joint, stabilizing the joint and eventually we want the joint to fuse," said Tao.

Taylor spent one night in the hospital. She said when she woke up after surgery she could feel her left leg - something she hadn't done in years. 

"I now have quality of life. I can sleep in my bed. I can walk my dog around the block. It just feels good. I have to take care of my parents, and I can do that now without having to hide the pain from them," she said.

With nothing to hide, no pain, and no limitations, she's much happier.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • McDonald's customers sue over paying for cheese on burgers

    McDonald's customers sue over paying for cheese on burgers

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:35 AM EDT2018-05-27 10:35:01 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:35 AM EDT2018-05-27 10:35:01 GMT
    The plantiffs claim McDonald's has been overcharging them because they have been paying for cheese they didn't want nor receive. (Source: Flickr)The plantiffs claim McDonald's has been overcharging them because they have been paying for cheese they didn't want nor receive. (Source: Flickr)

    The plaintiffs claim McDonald's has been "unjustly enriched" because customers have been paying for cheese they don't want.

    More >>

    The plaintiffs claim McDonald's has been "unjustly enriched" because customers have been paying for cheese they don't want.

    More >>
  • President George H.W. Bush back in hospital

    President George H.W. Bush back in hospital

    Sunday, May 27 2018 2:34 PM EDT2018-05-27 18:34:26 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:03 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:03:34 GMT

    According to post-White House spokesman, Jim McGrath, former President George H.W. Bush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care today after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue.

    More >>

    According to post-White House spokesman, Jim McGrath, former President George H.W. Bush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care today after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue.

    More >>
  • Water moccasin invades home, puts family into action

    Water moccasin invades home, puts family into action

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-05-25 18:57:52 GMT
    This water moccasin entered a family's home. (Photo courtesy Krystal King)This water moccasin entered a family's home. (Photo courtesy Krystal King)

    An unwelcome visitor was cause for some tense moments and quick action in the King household Saturday morning. Krystal King says it was about 7 a.m. when Stephen, her oldest son, came into his parents' room to notify them about the "big snake in the bathroom."

    More >>

    An unwelcome visitor was cause for some tense moments and quick action in the King household Saturday morning. Krystal King says it was about 7 a.m. when Stephen, her oldest son, came into his parents' room to notify them about the "big snake in the bathroom."

    More >>
Powered by Frankly