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The Sacroiliac Joint is are the two joints (one on the right and one on the left) at the base of your spine that connect to your pelvis.

Why you might need it

You may be experiencing back pain that is impacting your quality of life or everyday activities, and if ‘traditional’ methods to treat this pain are not working, your consultant may recommend a Sacroiliac joint injection.

There are a few factors that may require you to have a sacroiliac joint injection, such as sacroiliac joints through wear and tear, injury, or arthritis.

Whilst you are more likely to develop back pain as you get older, young people can also experience sacroiliac joint back pain.

Your Consultation

You will have a consultation with a consultant, during which you can discuss your symptoms, your medical history and ask any questions that you may have.

Your consultant will discuss the procedure with you so you know exactly what to expect and they may also discuss if any further diagnostic tests may be needed, such as a blood test or scan, with you.

We understand that this can be a daunting time so our friendly and caring team will be sure to put you at rest and make your experience with us, as comfortable as possible.

The Procedure

The procedure should only take a few minutes and will be performed in an operating theatre. You will be awake during your procedure so you can talk to your consultant through each stage.

A cannula (a small, very fine needle with a port to administer medicine) will be inserted into the back of your hand and attached to an IV line/drip, so if needed, we can administer drugs easily & quickly if you begin to feel unwell.

You will lie on your stomach and the site of injection will be cleaned and a local anaesthetic to numb the area will be injected. Once the area is numb, a needle will be inserted, through which the joint injection anaesthetic/steroid will be given.

We will inject a special dye (a colourless solution that can be detected by an X-Ray machine) and X-Ray the area to confirm the needle is in the correct place. You feel some pressure during this, but should not feel any pain, and we will checking in with you along each step of the procedure to make sure you are as comfortable as you can be.

Lastly, a mix of local anaesthetic and steroid will be administered into the joint through the needle.

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Our dedicated team will still be there for you during each step of your recovery, even once you have left the hospital if you have any queries or concerns. Our consultants will usually book a follow-up appointment with you before you are discharged from hospital, to see how you are doing.

Whilst it is rare occurrence, surgery does carry a risk of complications. These depend on the type of operation you have as well as a variety of other factors such as your overall general health. During your consultation/s your consultant will discuss the possible risks and complications of having this procedure, and how they may apply to you, and answer any concerns or questions you have.

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