Statement of the President
I am honored to be elected as the new president of SIMEG. Since 2006, I have been executing sacroiliac joint (SIJ) treatments as an orthopedic and spine surgeon. In 2009, I started performing anterior SIJ arthrodesis under my mentor, Dr. Murakami.
I met Dr. Fuchs in 2014 and saw the wonderful DIANA method of Dr. John Stark in Germany. Moreover, I observed iFUSE surgery in 2015 in the US, finding it to be a good and easy method. I did a pilot study of five cases in Japan and realized that when we choose the right patients, we can get good results.
A member since the first international conference on SIJ surgery in 2015, I have been very happy to meet so many true sacroiliac joint specialists in the US and Europe.
I have been involved in 18 English papers on the SIJ. Some of them are related to the new sacroiliac intra-articular injection technique via the middle portion, others to the outcomes of anterior SIJ arthrodesis, and yet others to the surgical pitfalls of sacral dysmorphism induced by the lumbosacral transitional vertebrae. Biomechanics and the anatomy of the SIJ are also research fields in progress for me. However, I am not able yet to clarify the pathophysiology of cases that do well with SIJ arthrodesis and those that do well with conservative treatment.
The issue of the SIJ is not an easy one to solve, but its research field is very interesting. We will combine our strengths and compensate for our deficiencies, in order to provide the highest level of diagnosis and treatment of SIJ disorder to our patients.
Lastly, I respect all members of SIMEG. Despite our differences, we have all devoted most of our lives to the SIJ. Orthopedic surgeons, spine surgeons, hip surgeons, pain clinicians, physical therapists, and sports physicians, let's all take on the mysteries of the SIJ together!
Daisuke Kurosawa MD
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery / Japan Sacroiliac Joint and Low Back Pain Center
JCHO Sendai Hospital, Sendai, Japan