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Pregnancy with Scoliosis...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Scoliosis
I am not pregnant yet, but someday i would like to be and I want to know what it will be like if I leave my hardware in or if I take it out. I had surgery when i was fifteen and it has been five years. I had a wonderful surgeon that did an excellent job on my fusion. I have a little pain now when i over do things but its pretty much ok. I do not take any medication except for tylenol or asprin and only on really bad days. I only have one rod and four screws fusing my T12 - L3. I want some opinions on what to do.
Thanks a bunch!


  • You should talk to your doc before you conceive. They would be able to determine which is the best route to go. I wish you the best of luck and for now, have fun practicing the baby making lol.
  • It had spinal fusion 10 years ago and I am now trying for a baby. My curve was around 64degrees before surgery so I am glad I had the operation but I do get pain quite a lot but mild painkillers and heat tend to work. The pain seems to have moved over the years though, it was mainly the middle of my back after the operation but now its mainly my lower back, probably just because all the movement is coming from there now.

    Anyway, my surgeon always told me there nothing I couldn't do now and I have seen my doctor to say that I would be trying to concieve. From what I have read its really an individual thing when it comes to pain in pregnancy so I hope that its not too bad.

    I would be interested to hear from others on this.
  • I was diagnosised with double scoliosis when I was 11 and had surgery when I was 12. I am now 25 and expecting my first child in June.
  • i was diagnosed scoliosis at age 13 and went un-treated until i was 21. in that time it got far worse and a doctor said that spinal fusion was in my future. i wanted babies so i ignored his advice and got pregnant with my first- big mistake! i had siatica, spasms, almost bed-ridden back pain...and then a premature baby. my chiropractor said that it was probably due to putting my body under so much stress. i went ahead with spinal fusion (T10-L3) when my son was 5 months old (worse pain i have ever experienced by far and never ever want to do it again) i had my second 2 years ago with an uneventful pregancy. no premature contractions, virtually no back pain, and an 8lb baby (by c-section but only because she flipped in the last month) make sure you have a good anesthesiologist though and let them know what they are gettin into! happy humping!
  • Hi guys, Im 33 and have mild scoloisis,although when I do look at my ribcage it is more prominent on the left, you just notice aslight wee difference, anyway i had been complaining of terrible back pain for years and there was a mixup in referrals i thought i was seeing a scoloisis surgeon[although no scoloisis wouldnt put the rods in my spine because its not bad enough well thats what they say now after fusing].at consultation the surgeon said he was going to do a fusion so i said ok when i woke up frpom surgery I said to him so thats the 2 rods in[at this stage I didnt know he wasnt the scoloisis surgeon].he looked at me strangely and said no no need for frods they only complicate these surgeries.So what he did was fuse me at the facet joints with bmp only, he didnt put in ay metalwork and he didnt take out any discs all he did was put this vmp around the spinous processes and facet joints , i think he has just gone in there and fused me in my position, but anyway recent mri revealed that facet joint is putting pressure pn the thecal sac.....wil prob be goking thru another surgery to undo this anyway what my point is have any of yous been told that if u nare in severe pain that they can give you something?..............my surgeon said that he could continue to give me the tramadol but just wanted to get others peoples opinions on this....and what they thought i was chatgting to a member who has 3 childrena and she told me that she had to take her tramadol in pregnancy her arthritis is too severe.................i would really appreiate your thoughts xause if this neurosurgeon is going to take this stuff out i will b back to that bad back pain but we want a family and well just wondering peoples thoughts on this, thanks for taking the time to read. :)
  • I had spinal fusion when I was 12. I'm now 31 and have two kids 7 and 2! I wasn't able to get an epidural due to the scarring but all was well! I think I got lucky due to some post operative numbness that I still have which made some of the pain bearable. I had no back labor either! 2 all antural babies and I'd do it all over again!

    Good luck!!
  • Hello Cprhue, I have ideopathic scoliosis since 13 yoa (never treated at all) :( (& as of 30's chronic pain from the progression of it~thoracic/cervical region & lower back) & degeneration of spine, no treatment younger, take Tramadol & Ibuprofen & do basic yoga daily or am stiff hot mess). Got pregnant @ 31 & did a pregnancy yoga video. It was very gentle but highly effective video for the various 3 stages of pregnancy. Took Tylenol & went swimming & walked often. Had back labor & it was horrible but otherwise, had very healthy daughter. I know nothing about 'spinal fusion' but hope you can have a chat with your primary doctor to find out the options or specialist or whatever. I wish you the best! Give us update!
  • Its not easy to be pregnant in this condition because pregnancy stages are really very serious and you should consult your doctor for this or that particular surgeon who did your surgery. This thing will certainly help you.
  • I had a 2 level lumbar fusion after my firstborn and before #2. My surgeon was fully aware that I wanted to get pregnant and gave me a time that we could start trying. I had problems with the pregnancy (preemie/nicu) but it had nothing to do with my fusion hardware. However, I will say that my surgeon advised me to have no more children. Pregnancy is one thing, its the years following with all of the awkward lifting and bending that, to me, really does the damage. My Phoebe is almost 5 now and I am looking at another 2 level fusion come this Jan.
    Please be careful.
  • My husband and i have talked about having atleast 1 more child but since I'm still in severe pain more than a year after surgery I don't see how it would be possible for me to carry a baby in addition to all the meds I would have to stop taking that keeps the pain somewhat under control. At this point we've decided to adopt a puppy and possibly stud him out. I too thought of the fact the baby will get bigger and all the heavy lifting, bending and twisting.
  • In each case it's definitely worth consulting a specialist.
    for those who trying to get pregnant fast
  • I am 40 (I can now write those numbers...) and had luque rods (similar to harrington) down the length of my back. My wonderful children are 11 and 13. The first child, the epidural did not take until the last moment (darn!) so I pushed for ever! The second child was bliss! The epidural took, I was happy and pain free. Get a good doctor and don't let em scare you if they don't even know your risks. Talk to your orthopedic doctor. Most are likely to tell you that scaring is your worse friend as they may not be able to find the epidural. Figure out if you want pain management and tell the nurses early into your labor your pain management plans. You can hurry around scar tissue.

    Don't let everyone scare you! Have some faith and good luck with your pregnancies! Believe me, the pain from the surgery was worse than the pain from the baby. At least with a baby, you are left with a bundle of joy in your arms.

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