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Health Watch: Minimally invasive treatment for hip pain

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There's a relatively new treatment option for patients with chronic hip pain. Sometimes this pain is mistakenly linked to spine or disc problems. But often times the problem is an unstable or  dysfunctional sacroiliac joint. This joint connects the spine to the pelvis.

The iFuse procedure uses titanium implants that are inserted surgically into the joint to relieve pain and correct the problem.

“It’s funny you wouldn’t think that it would work but it expands the joint and then the bone grows against the implant and grows across the joint and fuses it so we don’t have to go in an directly bone graft. So if we make the joint grow together solid it takes away from the pain,” said Dr. Fred Flandry of the Hughston Clinic.

Gloria Bowen of Columbia, Alabama near Dothan had the procedure a year ago. She told News Three she instantly felt relief. It took her about 8 weeks to get back on her feet. Doctors say patients going the conventional surgery route might take up to six months to heal.

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