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Connecticut’s first SI Joint Fixation with the iFuse Implant performed

By Danbury Hospital

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New Milford Hospital announced that local Spine Surgeon Mitchell Garden, MD performed Connecticut’s first Sacroiliac (SI) Joint fixation surgery using the minimally invasive iFuse Implant SystemTM.

For Candice Peters of Holsick Falls a 3.5 hour drive to Spine Surgeon Mitchell Garden, MD is worth every minute of travel time. Dr. Garden has been her first choice in spinal surgery since she experienced an injury in 2002. Her trust and confidence in this surgeon was such that, knowing she would be his first iFuse patient, she still would not have it done by anyone else, even a physician who had done the surgery several times. And she was not disappointed in her choice.

Following her surgery Ms. Peters stayed overnight at New Milford Hospital and was strong enough to be discharged and make the 3.5 hour drive back to New York. Due to a bone quality condition, she does have to take extra precautions with no weight bearing for nine weeks post surgery. After that time passes, Ms. peters will then begin a physical therapy regiment to support a full recovery.

In addition to her confidence in Dr. Garden, Candice is enamored by the staff at the New Milford Hospital One Day Surgery Department. She felt they worked together to assure she and her family were well taken care of. They even took special care to assist her in preparing for her ride home upon discharge.

Prior to her recent surgery Ms Peters experienced severe spinal pain due to her previous injury and a hereditary bad bone quality. She can now wake up in the morning without that agonizing pain.

Minimally invasive surgical treatment for the SI Joint now available at New Milford Hospital

The iFuse procedure is a promising procedure for patients with unresolved low back symptoms related to the SI Joint. The SI Joint connects the sacrum, the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine, with the pelvis iliac crest. This joint can become damaged either due to normal wear and tear over time or through injury.

When such damage happens, it can cause significant discomfort from the lower back down to the lower buttock region and the upper leg. This discomfort can lead to debilitation and one’s quality-of-life may greatly suffer.

According to publisher literature, up to 25% of all low back symptoms are SI Joint in origin but is usually not included when diagnosing lower back pain. “Over the last thirty years, the medical community has focused on the vertebral discs, such as a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease, as a generator of low back pain,” states Dr. Garden. “Because of this, the SI Joint is often overlooked and should be included as part of a diagnosing for lower back pain.”

The iFuse procedure is designed to offer a minimally invasive solution for patients who are no longer responding satisfactorily to conservative care, but for whom the prospect of a traditional open surgery is not desirable.

The iFuse procedure takes about an hour and involves three small titanium implants inserted surgically across the SI Joint. The entire process is done through a small incision, with no soft tissue stripping and minimal tendon irritation. Patients may leave the hospital the next day after surgery and can usually resume daily living activities within six weeks, depending on how well they are healing and based on physician’s orders.

For more information on the New Milford Hospital’s surgical services please visit our website at www.newmilfordhospital.org or call 1-800-350-1535.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is a patient-centered health care organization established in 2010 by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their affiliated organizations, to provide the highest level of care to patients throughout Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. In addition to the two hospitals, other network affiliates include:

* an integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise
* an agency for home care and community health services
* a full-service retail pharmacy located at Danbury Hospital
* emergency medical services
* an occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in Women’s, neonatal, cardiovascular and cancer services; weight loss and orthopedic surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns. For more information, visit www.WesternConnecticutHealthNetwork.org

About New Milford Hospital

New Milford Hospital, is a Planetree organization dedicated to patient-centered care that nurtures every patient's body, mind and spirit. The Hospital has an extraordinary tradition of warm and caring personal attention backed by top-notch physicians, world-class technology and the newest, most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. Your healthcare team of highly trained physicians, nurses, technicians and administrators is determined and committed to improving the health and quality of life of those we serve. For more information, visit www.NewMilfordHospital.org and share your comments with us www.facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital is nationally recognized as a tertiary health care center with an innovative high-tech, high-touch environment and is also a member of the Planetree organization. In addition to offering the latest robotic and minimally invasive surgical and imaging technology, it was the first hospital in Connecticut to adopt electronic health records systems. It offers a Level II Trauma Center and Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve as faculty members of the nation’s finest university medical centers offering a higher level of experience. For more information, visit www.DanburyHospital.org and share your comments with us at www.Facebook.com/DanburyHospital.

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