Patients usually remain in the hospital for one day after a minimally invasive SI fusion surgery. Postoperative pain control will be achieved with the use of IV pain medication, epidural pain medication, and/or oral pain medications. Patients are discharged home on oral pain medication. Patients begin a physical therapy program in the hospital and will use crutches or a cane to walk for several weeks after surgery. The physical therapist works with the patient to learn how to get out of bed and walk safely with crutches. Patients need to be comfortable with walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of bed before going home. The final goal is to make sure the gastrointestinal and urinary systems are working appropriately. Patients must be able to eat a regular meal and urinate without difficulty prior to leaving the hospital. Make sure you understand your post-operative plan before your surgery date.