Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Hosts Area’s First SI Joint Fixation Surgical Procedure with the iFuse Implant System: New Hope for Back Pain Sufferers

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis announced today that local spine surgeon Douglass A. Linville, II, MD performed the area’s first Sacroiliac (SI) Joint fixation surgery using the minimally invasive iFuse Implant SystemTM.  The new Saint Francis Joint and Spine Center located on the hospital’s campus is a strong proponent of minimally invasive spine surgery procedures that can reduce the length of patient hospitalization and recovery.

“Minimally invasive surgery advances continue to offer a variety of patients potentially safer surgical options,” said Mike Lachina, Chief Medical Officer.  “We are pleased that Dr. Linville chose our Saint Francis surgical team to assist him in bringing this promising new procedure to Memphis.”

The iFuse procedure is promising 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 origin1 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. Linville. “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 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 iFuse Implant System™, go to

  1. Cohen, Steven P. Sacroiliac Joint Pain: A Comprehensive Review of Anatomy, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Anesth Analg 2005; 101:1440-1453.

About Saint Francis Hospital

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is a 519-bed full service hospital located at 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.  The hospital has been recognized for excellence of care by: United Healthcare, CIGNA Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.  The hospital provides a broad-spectrum of quality medical services, including an Ambulatory Surgery Center, Behavioral Health Services, Cardiac Care Center, Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Services, Sleep Center, TotalCare Outpatient Imaging Center, and Women’s Center.

In addition, the hospital serves as an academic training site for University of Tennessee Surgical, Family Practice, and Psychiatric Residents.  The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital, visit

Memphis Branch NAACP Hosts Candidates Forum

The Political Action Committee of the Memphis Branch NAACP and NAACP Youth Council will sponsor a Forum for the City of Memphis Candidates to be held:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mt. Olive CME Cathedral Church

538 Linden at Lauderdale

4:00 p.m.

Voter empowerment is a primary focus of the NAACP.  This can be accomplished through awareness of the issues, candidates and voting procedures.  The Memphis Branch strives to empower voters through voter registration, voter education opportunities; get out the vote efforts and election monitoring.  We want to be sure that everyone can VOTE and VOTE EARLY for the candidate of your choice in a free election.  The NAACP is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates.  All candidates have been invited to make a presentation and answer questions from the audience.  

The meeting is open to the public.

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Hosts Free Men’s Prostate Health Event

Coach Larry Porter, Panel of Urologists and daVinci Robot will “encourage” men to take care of their health.

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is sponsoring a free men’s prostate health event – PLAY HARD….. LIVE WELL, on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:00 pm.  September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the hospital is joining in a national public awareness campaign to promote The American Urological Association’s Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines, encouraging all men, age 40 and older to get a baseline PSA, and talk with their doctors about their prostate health.

Free PSA screenings will be offered.  Coach Larry Porter, of the University of Memphis Tiger’s football team, will open the event, reminding men to take care of their bodies. A panel of urologists – Van Bingham, MD, Walter Rayford, MD, and William “Rusty” Shappley, III, MD, will speak on symptoms and treatment option for prostate cancer.  Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, MD, Health Advisor to Mayor Luttrell, will moderate the session.

The participants will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the new da Vinci SI robotic system. Tailgate munchies and sweets will be served.

To register call 901-765-1849.

Memphis and West Tennessee Building and Construction Trades Council Endorse Mayor Wharton

The Memphis and West Tennessee Building and Construction Trades Council voted to endorse Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr in the 2011 election for Memphis Mayor.

In a letter from Council Officer Mike Scoggins, the construction trade council “with pride” announces the endorsement and states that they will do everything possible to assist Mayor Wharton with his re-election campaign.

“I appreciate the Memphis and West Tennessee Building and Construction Trades Council endorsement,” said Wharton. “I look forward to continuing to work with them and other unions on issues that are important to working people in Memphis.” The building trades represent 4,000 members and their families.

Mayor Wharton was elected Memphis Mayor in October 2009. Early Voting begins Friday, September 16 through October 1, 2011. Election Day is October 6, 2011.

For more information contact the Wharton for Mayor Headquarters at 901.725.1664.