Meet the Sacroiliac Medical Expert Group
and learn about the latest developments of SIJ fusion techniques at

The satellite symposium on April 2nd is cancelled

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ICSJS 2019 is cancelled

The question "Is SIJ-fusion a must have tool in the arsenal of a spinal surgeon?" was pro- and con debated by Prof. Bernhard Meyer from Munich, Germany and Jeff Donner, MD,  at the ICSJS 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. Steve Garfin's talk on "Spine surgeons neglegted the SIJ as a treatable pain generator for so many decades - what changed my mind!?" could have helped to deeper understand this dilemma.

However, in spite of the internationally well renowned speakers like William Cross, Joseph Fortin, David Polly, Jonathan Sembrano, Bengt Sturesson - just to mention a few we regret the cancellation of the meeting due to lack of registrations aside the faculty and vendors.

SIMEG will continue to find answers and to start educating the SIJ surgical topic unbiased - which also means until now unfunded. The ICSJS 2020 is scheduled for May 15/16 - you may even save the date now. The venue will be Hamburg/Germany.


The 'Who Is Who' of Sacroiliac Joint Medical Experts
Cross William Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN USA
Donner Jeff Colorado Spine Institute Loveland, CO USA
Fortin Joseph Spine Technology &
Rehabilitation Centre
Fort Wayne, IN USA
Freeman Thomas Univ. of South Florida,
Neurological Surgery
and Brain Repair
Tampa, FL USA
Fuchs Volker AMEOS Clinic Halberstadt GER
Garfin Steven UC San Diego School of Medicine La Jolla, CA USA
Kibsgard Thomas University Hospital Oslo NOR
Kurosawa Daisuke JCHO Hospital, LBP
and SIJ center
Sendai JPN
Majd Mohammad Private Surgery, PSC Louisville, KY USA
Patel Vikas University of Colorado Aurora, CO USA
Polly David University of
Minneapolis, MN USA
Sembrano Jonathan University of
Minneapolis, MN USA
Sturesson Bengt Aleris Speicialistvard Aengelholm SWE


Scientific program

07:45 h – Session 1: SIJF State of Mind (Chair: Fortin/Freeman)
1. Welcome (Freeman) 05’
2. Introducing SIMEG (Donner) 05’
3. What do we know and what do we not know and why is there so much resistance to SIJ diagnosis and treatment? (Kibsgård) 15’
4. Spine surgeons neglegted the SIJ as a treatable pain generator for so many decades - what changed my mind!? (Garfin) 15’
5. Burden of disease - health economics and value proposition (Polly) 10’
6. Anatomy, histology and pain generators of the SIJ (Sembrano) 15’
7. Biomechanics of the SIJ (Sturesson) 20’

09:55 h Coffee Break

10:15 h – Session 2: SIJ Pain Management (Chair: Garfin/Fuchs)
8. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of SIJ pain (Fortin) 20’
9. SIJ incections - How to do it and what´s the value for diagnosing SIJ pain? (Kurosawa) 15’
10. Innervation and denervation of the SIJ (Fortin) 15’
11. Durability of SIJ denervation (Fortin) 05’
12. Sagittal balance and SIJ pain (Sturesson) 10’
13. Spinal stenosis and SIJ pain (Freeman) 05’
14. SIJ failure after lumbar fusion (Cross) 10’

12:30 h - Lunch - please visit the exhibition

13:30 h - Session 3: SIJ Diagnosis (Chair: Cross/Donner)
15. SIMEG Diagnostic algorithm (Kibsgard) 15’
16. Are there any anatomical obstacles we have to think of before operating the SIJ? (Patel) 15’
17. Technique, pitfalls and revision strategies - lateral approach (Polly) 15’
18. Technique, pitfalls and revision strategies - oblique approach (Majd) 15’
19. Technique, pitfalls and revision strategies - posterior dorsal recess approach (Fuchs) 15’
20. Technique, pitfalls and revision strategies - posterior inferior approach (Donner) 15’

16:00 h - Coffee Break

16:20 h - Session 4: SIJ Fusion Techniques and Cases (Chair: Polly/Kibsgard)
21. Fusing the spine and the SIJs at the same setting? (Polly) 10’
22. Clinical improvement after surgery - a literature review (Kibsgård) 25’
23. Shooting at the wrong target - casereports (Patel) 10’
24. Shooting at the wrong target - casereports (Freeman) 10’
25. Shooting at the wrong target - casereports (Cross) 10’
26. Shooting at the wrong target - casereports (Donner) 10’
27. Summary and look into the future (Freeman) 15’

18:30 h Get Together

All participants and exhibitors are invited to get together for our after show ‚chat & dine‘ in the exhibition area. Talk about what you learned today, start or enlarge your scientific and business network, create partnership.

Medical Device Industry

Latest SIJ Fusion Technologies
Company County/City Country Exhibitor Sponsor
Alevio Spine, LLC Alabama USA x  
Bauerfeind AG Remscheid Germany   x
Globus Medical Pennsylvania USA x  
Ilionmedical, Inc. Minnesota USA    
LifeSpine, Inc. Illinois USA x x
Medtronic, Inc. Minnesota USA x  
NUTECH Spine Alabama USA    
RTI Surgical, Inc. Michigan USA x  
SIGNUS Medical GmbH Alzenau Germany    
SI Bone, Inc. California USA x  
SI-Technology, LLC Colorado USA x x
VGI Medical Florida USA    
Zimmer/Biomet Colorado USA    


ICSJS 2019 Exhibitors Information

We invite you to participate in the

4th International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery (ICSJS 2019)

at the Convention Centre of the Hilton, Anaheim, CA, USA. The conference is a satellite symposium adjacent to ISASS19, April 3rd – 5th.

The Conference will allow ample opportunity to enjoy one-on-one time with physicians, network with established customers, and develop new customer relationships.

ICSJS 2019 Exhibit Location

ICSJS 2019 is located in the Anaheim Hilton, California Ballroom A. SIMEG’s priority intention is to educate.  Our philosophy is to include you as a medical device manufacturer in our education of sacroiliac joint surgical and nonsurgical treatment. Therefor this meeting is not CME awarded and the exhibition area as well as dining area is within the lecture hall. This enables you a permanent presence and attendance of the lectures. Also you will have the opportunity to spend time with your clients during the ‘Get Together’ meeting after the conference.

ICSJS 2019 Exhibit Space Rental

We keep it simple. One size/one price: 6’ table top exhibition space can be rented at a fair price. You may rent up to three spaces.

Download Exhibitor Prospectus