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Epidural injection after a Posterior Lumbar Fusion L4-S1

Ximena PazXXimena Paz Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Spinal Injections
Hello, good day to everybody! I had round 10 years ago a successful Porterior Lumbar Fusion L4-S1. I still have all the "hardware" but now as i know that i am pregnant, my question is that if i can receive an Epidural Injection? Thanks!


  • First of all, congratulations and thanks for posting here that "life can go on after a fusion".

    I am pretty sure that they can still do an epidural on you; lots of people here have had epidural injections after their posterior fusions, but the question is will it be through a caudal (sacral) approach or upper lumbar (L3) approach. Best to discuss it with an anesthesiologist now, and take him your most recent (obviously pre-pregnant) film or image of your lumbar spine post-fusion.
  • Congratulations on your pregnancy. I presume you are referring to the epidural for your delivery and not for pain management. If that is the case, discuss this with your anesthesiologist. It likely will still be possible. You may end up with a spinal instead though. Not a problem, but something for you to be aware of.

    If you are referring to pain management type epidural injections, you certainly can still get this. I would consider waiting until after you deliver as x-ray guidance is preferred. But it can still be done if absolutely necessary without x-ray guidance.

    I hope that helps. Check out EDITED for more information.

    Dr. Wiederholz


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