I am 55 years old and I'm scheduled to for surgery to fuse L4 &L5 disc next Wednesday. Because of some deeply personal reasons, I am considering having a baby - IVF with donor eggs. Obviously time is not my friend and I understand that this will not be easy. My question is has anyone had something remotely similar in experience?
If you are asking as to whether or not having an L4-5 fusion will affect your ability to carry a baby to term, the answer is no. It will not affect a pregnancy.
There are many women who have had one level fusions, and for that matter,
extensive scoliosis fusions, that have carried babies to term without difficulty, several babies in many cases.
You will be at higher risk for back pain during the pregnancy, as most women will have some back discomfort somewhere along the way. But, usually it is manageable.
You should speak with your orthopedic spine surgeon, but it should not be a problem from the back standpoint. Again, women who have had essentially their whole spine fused for severe scoliosis when they were an adolescent, have been able to carry and delivery healthy babies.
Wow, I wish you the best of luck. I had the exact fusion at 45 years old. Just three years ago. Basically, I can tell you that at least for me, It was the best decision I ever made. I"m virtually pain free and still able to do my job as a Crime Scene Kleaner, which is a hard labored job.
I'm not sure I could have a baby at my age, but as far as my back feels, I think I could handle carrying a baby to term without much of an issue. However, I would suggest a total physical from your family doctor. I don't think I would attempt something like that without a doctors ok...