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Spinal fusion and pregnant

Hi all,

just a question and was wondering if anybody had any advice or similar problem. i am 19 weeks pregnant and had a spinal fusion L5-S1 about 7 years ago and hardware removal about 5 years ago. I also have a labral tear in my right hip that needs surgery about a month after I deliver. anyways, I am meeting with my Ortho this week to discuss with him birthing plans. i have discussed with my OB, but they wanted an opinion from my ortho doctor. i was wondering if anybody who ever ahad a spinal fusion, how they delivered. Were you able to have an epideral? i have been told by my OB they thought C-section would be best, but i am terrified. would i have to have general anesthesia?



  • I had 2 children after my discectomy and laminectomy and could not have epidurals.
    They attempted 3 but all I ended up with was one numb leg.
    I had a general anaesthetic with my first child (I had eclampsia and fits) and the second I had a spinal which numbed me ft neck down.

    Sorry I know its not the same as a fusion.

    Best of luck x
    2 level Discectomy 2000 open surgery
    L4/5 Discectomy & L5/S1 Laminectomy 2005- (Cauda equina) open surgery
    5 x joint injections 2012
    Discogram Dec 2012
    Dec 2012 - 360 Lumbar Fusion L4 -S1(BMP), Disc replaced L3/4, Bilat trocanter injects
  • One of the first questions my surgeon asked when we decided on a fusion was, "Are you done having kids?" That might be because we're doing a 2 level fusion. I certainly hope it goes well for you!

    - Jaclyn
    DDD L4-5 & L5-S1 w/ herniation
    Failed discectomy, 8-15-11
    Discogram, 11-14-12
    L4-S1 ALIF (2 plastic cages, 2 plates and 8 screws), 1-4-13
    FBSS & SI joint dysfunction, 12-30-13
    1 year post-op CT hardware scan & left SI joint injection, 1-17-14
  • ChicInBlueCChicInBlue Posts: 34
    edited 01/02/2013 - 1:28 PM
    I asked my pain management Dr about having more kids after having a 3 level fusion.I was confering with him after learning my NS suggested the fusion He said that it is perfectly fine BUT it would definitely be more difficult. He didnt say C section but it was infered. Now obviously he isnt an OBGyn so we can take that for what its worth.
  • Hello

    This was a question I was pondering over when I fell pregnant with my daughter only 9 months post op! My surgeon felti could give birth naturally. I naturally was quite apprehensive being how much back labour I got the first time, so chose to have a caesarean last year. The anaesthetist explained the epidural is put a few spaces higher than a l5/s1 fusion.
    So yes, you can have an epidural or deliver naturally :)
    L5/s1 discectomy & decompression 2009
    ALIF l5/s1 2011
    Awaiting X-ray & consultant to see if fused, but experiencing a lot of pain again :( 2013
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