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I have had two back operations now on L4,L5 and S1. After the second I now feel fitter than ever. My husband and I are thinking of starting a family, is there anyone out there who has had a pain free pregnancy and beyond after back surgery.
Thanks
Chellie
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replied February 2nd, 2008
pregnancy after back surgery
I typed this in and found this site and your question. It is something on my mind as well. I too have had two back surgeries on my lower back. I have recently had a lumbar block and caudal block. I am also about to turn 30. I have lots of questions about complications with pregnancy due to all these factors. I can't seem to find any answers. Hopefully someone can help you with yours. Good Luck!
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replied March 2nd, 2012
Pregnant after spinal fusion
I had a spinal fusion in May 2011, got pregnant a month later, just gave birth 5 days ago, vaginally and I only pushed hard labor 3 times and baby was out... I had an epidural, was just given higher up on my back, and he had a very hard time getting it in the right spot. Now, I can hardly walk, even after Hydracodones / Oxycottons...the pain in my lower back is unbearable at this point, going to see my back surgeon on Monday. Hope this helps someone.
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replied February 11th, 2008
pregnancy after back surgery
Hi all, I've asked this same question almost a year ago, and never got a answer. I Have two children and would like to try for a third, but not sure how my back will hold up. I've asked my spine doctor and he said I should be fine as long as I wait for about a year. Im Im 36 I've had a Anterial Lumbar spinal fusion on L4,L5,S1 in Febuary 07, Im having some problems with the left lower part of my back, my doctor says its my muscle that I need to exercise it, it feels like someone has their fist in my back, I asked him could it be the screw poking me and he said no. Im confused.
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replied June 2nd, 2012
I had the same problem with a fist sticking out my back. It was due to a screw. If you get x-rays and the screws are still in place and not broken, then it could be due to muscular inflammation. Try iceing and x-rays
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replied February 12th, 2008
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It seems to be a mixed result. The problems that can occur during pregnancy with back pain involve the sacroiliac joints if one has had a fusion at L5/S1 due to the stresses on the spine being distributed to the SI joint. Normally the SI joint does not have much movement, but during pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is secreted, causing an increase in mobility of the SI joint. This can result in some pain after pregnancy. The other site of pain is from the coccyx. After a fusion, the spine is rigid and the coccyx may lie in the way of the child coming through the birth canal...this occasionally results in pressure on the coccyx with dislocation or fracture.
Most of the time, if a person has not had fusion, and only had discectomies, the pregnancy is not as complicated. If a person has had a fusion, then some doctors would recommend a C-section to avoid the stresses on the SI joints and coccyx during the birthing process.
Also, epidural catheters for pain control during labor may not work as well if one has had spine surgery....
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replied March 17th, 2008
I am 3 months pregnant and had a Lumbar Fusion 4 months ago.
Hi I had a lumber fusion on l4-l5 in November 07, During my recovery my doctor took me off birth control to prevent blood clots. I got pregnant, the first thing I asked him was I aloud to keep the pregnancy he said yes but you will be in a ton of pain, it would have been better to wait a year. I must say I though I would be in pain when I was further along but I've been having severe to moderate pain for 2 weeks with no sign of it going away. I find myself taking vicodin quite often to make it through work, even though the drug is concedered to be safe babies can become addicted. Today I go back to the OB and I am going to ask him to put me on leave.
If we could go back and change when I got pregnant I definitly would have waited at least a year, but the doc says it will not disrupt the surgery.
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replied October 13th, 2011
Fusion in july and now pregnant
I had a l4-l5 fusion July 21st and just found out that I am 7 wks pregnant. I was wondering how your pregnancy went and how your spine healed.
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replied April 8th, 2008
pregnancy after back surgery
Hi, I'm 37 and had my disc fused at L4, L5 with screws inserted on Jan 24, this was my second surgery, I had a discectomy on Dec 17 that failed to relieve my pain, that's why the fusion was necessary. I returned back to work part time March 10th pain free, with about 90% of my mobility back. We just found out last week that I'm pregnant. I'm not sure how this is going to affect my back at this point, but I'm sure I can handle it. I go see my OB in a couple of weeks to discuss if I can have a natural birth or will I have to have a C section, also if I will be able to have an epidural because alot of anestesologist will not give an epidural if you have had back surgery. I'm optimistic as my husband and I both wanted a child so we feel this is a blessing and that God will take care of the baby and me. So far being only 4 weeks along I only feel tired. I will keep you posted on my progress.
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replied January 25th, 2009
Pregnancy after back surgery
I had a laminectomy on L4/L5 in April 2007. It was a huge success. I am now 34 weeks pregnant with baby #3 and my back feels better now than it felt with my prior pregnancies (which were 6 and 8 years ago). Actually, it feels just as good as before I was pregnant. Every now and then it gets sore (but not painful) - stretching (especially my hips) usually makes the pain go away by the next day. I have remained active throughout this pregnancy, not gained too much weight, and continue to exercise regularly (just walking and stretching and a little P/N yoga. I'm nervous about labor (trying for a VBAC after one C-section, one natural birth) and how it will affect my back (I also can't have an epidural because of the surgery). My back was really sore after the birth of my daughter for months. I'm hoping that's not the case again. However, I will be quick to go to the Physical Therapist if it is. Good luck with your pregnancy!!
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replied July 20th, 2009
back surgeries and pregnancy
I have had 3 back surgeries because of scoliosis and I was wondering if and how many complications would accure if I got pregnate. My doctor will not tell me anything because he does not know yet and neither do my other doctors. please help.
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replied August 6th, 2009
pregnancy and lumbar fusions
I have had a L4, L5 and S1 post lumbar inner fusion with pedical screws on oct 31, 2007. months earlier, i had a laminectomy on my L4, L5, it failed and lead to the fusion, ANYWAYS.. I just found out 3 days ago i'm pregnant! this is my second child, i'm excited and blessed, however i'm feeling nervous. I'm wondering if the baby will be able to go full term, i really wanted another natural birth, but they say the coccyxx gets in the way...so i'm wondering, has anyone given a natural birth with a vertabrae fusion? Please someone rest my mind! LOL thanks!
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replied October 9th, 2009
More Information Please!
Hi, my name is Laura. I'm 25 and when I was 19 I had a laminectomy that fused together my L4-L5 with a metal cage and two metal screws to hold everything together. I'm also trying to find information on pregnancy after spinal surgery. I didn't really think about when I first had the surgery but now I'm curious. There doesn't seem to be much info online.

Also, are there any other women here who had a surgery like mine? I'm curious to know how others are doing several years after the surgery. Like I said, I had mine about 6 years ago and for the most part I'm doing very well. I noticed that by the end of the day my back feels 'tight' and that I sometimes get sharp pains in my hips. Also, in the week before and of my period, sometimes I get back pain as bad as before my surgery. However, I no longer have any pain in my legs (I suffered from intense sciatica before my surgery). Also, I can do a majority of the activities I wasn't able to before like prolonged sitting, standing and walking. Please share your experiences, I don't know anyone else who has had the same surgery as mine or who had back surgery at the age I did.
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replied November 8th, 2011
Hi I had l4/l5 laminectony at 15, l5 - s1 dicsectomy at 19 and both re-done at 23. They all failed after about a year with the pain returning and getting worse. The surgeon has advised I get a fusion but im not too sure as the other 3 operations have failed. Like everyone on here I have been thinking about starting a family and how it will all play out... Im hoping that i can handle the pain without the fusion or atleast untill i have my kids. I hate that drs are so vauge about thier responses with the answer usually being "its uncertain what the outcome will be" aarrgghh!! anyway too all you ladies that have had babues after surgery PLEASE SHARE!!
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replied November 3rd, 2009
pregnancy and delivery after spinal fusion surgery
Dear All,

On 9/2/09, I had a my L4, L5 and S1 fused. My surgeon has advised that is fine for me to be pregnant (I was told to wait a full year from the surgery as BMP (a growth hormone) was used to aid the fusion. My orthopedic surgeon and the anesthesiologist who administered anesthesia during my back surgery both advised that a future pregnancy be delivered via c-section and under general anesthesia (my two other children were both c-sections but with an epidural). I am interested to know how all of you are doing--in particular those of you who were pregnant when posted.

Thank you.
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replied December 9th, 2009
Spinal fusion and pregnancy post surgery
Hi I am 30 years old and have 2 boys that are 8 and 10 yrs old. I have had 2 lower lumbar spinal fusions and have managed to break a screw from the last surgery and am now 36 weeks pregnant. I have been absolutely miserable in this pregnancy because of my back. My dr. has had to put me on pain medication that he assured me it was safe to take. I was in pretty good shape when I got pregnant but any extra strain will take a toll on your spine. I wish you all good luck and hope you can find out all the info you need. Btw I am having a baby boy and as miserable as I have been he is definately worth it
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replied December 18th, 2009
Hi I'm 36 I had back surgery 4 years ago...I had my L4 and L5 fused with titanium "cage" and six screws put into my lower back. I am 33 weeks pregnant and had to go off work when I was only 4 months pregnant. I could not handle sitting all day at work while being pregnant. I am in constant pain especially at night when I try to sleep. My Dr. is letting me take pain meds that she assures me is safe for my baby boy I can't wait for but also pray that the meds will not affect him. This is my first pregnancy my Dr. seems to think I can have natural birth instead of c-section but what I have read I am still not sure what my decision will be. My husband wants me to have c-section "he has seen how much pain I have been in". I'm taking an xray from after my surgery to my Dr next week so she can refer to her anesthesiologist to see if he will be able to give me an epideral. As miserable as I have been these last months I wouldnt give up having this baby for anything!!! Good Luck Everyone.
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replied February 9th, 2010
pregnancy after spinal surgery
hello i am 21 years old and i had spinal surgery 4 months ago L5-S1 disectomy... and i have just found out i am 5 weeks pregnant.. i am seeing my consultant in a few weeks and i dont know if he will be helpful or angry at me. i was told to wait a year before having a baby... for my last child i had to have an epidural do you think they would give me another epidural or would i have to be nocked out for the birth to have a c-section... i hope i can be awake for the birth.. and i also hopethe consultant does not tell me to have an abortion...
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replied July 10th, 2012
This is exactly what I am going through right now...im 6 weeks pregnant and had a discectmy 3 1/2 months ago. So how did it go? What did your doctor say? Did you have the baby and did it go okay?
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replied July 15th, 2014
I would love to know how things worked out for you?? Would love a follow up as there does not seem to be too many on here.
I have L4 L5 fusion two years ago and L5 S1 laminectomy less than 6 months ago. We just found out I am 6 weeks pregnant. I am nervous and curious, as I was told 12 months is the healing time before any major changes. How are you ladies???
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replied February 10th, 2010
lower back surgery and pregnancy
hi all, Im turning 23 and just about to have my 3rd lower back opperation. So far I have had a disectomay at L4-L5, a laminectomy at L5-S1 and am very scared at what will happen in the third surgery as they will need to oporate on both these dics again plus L3-L4. I was planning to start a family soon and was trying to look for any information that could help me. Im really scared at what a pregnancy can do to my back.
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replied February 20th, 2010
It is so nice to know in reading these entries that I am not alone. I have had a laminectomy on my L4 L5 discs and have worried constantly ever since on being able to carry a baby. Hang in there all! You are all my greatest inspiration!
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replied February 27th, 2010
I am 23 years old and on Friday, March 5th I'm scheduled for a Laminotomy and Microdiscectomy. My biggest fears are reherniating the disc (I also have a bulging disc which so far isn't causing me problems, knock on wood). I planned to get married & start a family in the coming years and I'm worried about what a pregnancy (and more than one!) will do to my back. I do NOT like the idea of surgery, but it has to be done as I can barely walk or stand for longer than a few seconds. Also, my herniation is at L5, S1 (the bulging disc is L4,L5).

I'm glad I came across this forum. There's not much out there on the subject.
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replied May 27th, 2012
Hi I just wanted to ask how you are going? You story sounds just like mine. I had the same surgery 6 months ago
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replied March 11th, 2010
I had a microdiscectomy for a very large herniation at L5 S1 on Feb. 26th. I am now 2 weeks post op and am still having some sciatic pain down my leg due to inflamation where the herniation was removed. I am, however, feeling a LOT better than before the surgery! When my sciatic pain began - in December 2009 I was pregnant. I had a miscarriage on January 9th at 10 weeks pregnant (very difficult, painful and emotionally taxing process). After the miscarriage the pain in my leg got worse and worse and I decided to have the microdiscectomy. My surgeon said it would be fine for me to try to get pregnant 4 weeks after my surgery but I think that is WAY too soon. I am 2 weeks post op now and can tell you I am not anywhere near being ready for a pregnancy. I want to make sure that I have time to do physical therapy and get my core muscles strengthened so that all of the weight will not be placed on my back.

I'm so glad to hear that others are considering pregnancy after spine surgery. The pregnancy I lost in January was my first. I'm 32 and do want to have some children while I'm still fertile Smile Keep us posted on how you're all doing!
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replied June 4th, 2010
Pregnancy after lumbar surgery
Hi everyone
I had an anterior fusion of S1-L5 two years ago due to spondylolisthesis. The surgery stabilised my spine but didn't resolve the pain I was experiencing (I have a serious neck injury to top it all as well!). I am now nearly 6 months pregnant. My consultant anticipates I'll get increased back pain from the extra burden to my back as the pregnancy progresses. This I can accept, it's only logical given that I already had pain before getting pregnant. The consensus from the spine specialists and obstetrician about the birth is that I can 'try' for a natural one, but elect for a c-section if it gets really bad and I can't mobilise towards the later stages. 'Don't suffer in silence', as one very kind nurse put it.

I think the lack of information on this subject is reflective of the complexity of pregnancy and back surgery; one of those alone is pretty complex but put the two together and there's a real minefield of stuff to think about! We're all different, our bodies cope in different ways. For an S1-L5 fusion there 'may' be a compromise to the amount the pelvis can open, and having an epidural should be possible as it would be given higher up the spine. But there is also stamina and fitness levels, how exhausted the pregnancy makes you, how it affects your back, etc. Going into a natural birth after months of exhausting, major back pain isn't funny! Or recommended!

I haven't made a decision about c-sections or natural birth yet, I'm going to see how I get on, but I can say, at nearly 6 months, it's been a major physical challenge every step of the way. I didn't anticipate pain from the abdomenal scar either, pressure and stretching is literally ripping my post-op scar tissue. That said, (and horror stories aside!) the whole experience is a truly wonderful one and well worth it!

So my advice if you want to have a baby (and your spine consultant says it's ok), is dig deep and be strong, because if you can go through spine surgery, you can go through anything Smile

Best of luck everyone!
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replied June 22nd, 2010
Pregnancy after ADR
I am also trying to find information on this subject and what is available leaves a lot to be desired. I am 30 and had Artificial disc replacement surgery on my L4/5 in March of 09. My spine surgeon, pain management doctor, OBGYN and pediatrician have all given me the go ahead.... but I'm still scared to death. We are trying and I have a feeling that I am pregnant, but too early to test, will see the dr. in 2 days and find out for sure.
I had not even thought about the c-section; but it seems to me to be the safest bet. There is no way I am going to have a baby without an epidural, been there, done that and got my t-shirt. My first one was induced, 36 hours of labor and no epidural and it was awful. I didn't even want to hold her I was in so much pain. My second I was induced, 10 hours of labor and the epidural and it was wonderful, so much easier and enjoyable. Either way, you leave with the same baby. I think the reason my first labor was so long was because I was so tense from having no medication. While I really don't want to be knocked out for the birth of my child, I'll take that over the pain of labor and birth any day.
I am still on pain medication, but nothing like before surgery. Prior to surgery my pain was a 9-10/10 daily, I could barely get out of bed. It is now a 2-4/10 and manageable. My doctors all said that Vicodin is safe in pregnancy and worst case scenario the baby is addicted and will need weaned off of it. All of them said that they would not let this stop them from having another. My kids were both colicky and cried constantly, so I can handle it.
I would love to hear from some of you that posted earlier in this post that were pregnant how your delivery went.
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