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Pregnant During Discectomy - Any Others Out There?

At 33 years old, I had a discectomy/laminectomy on 9/10/2013 at the L4/L5 region while 15 weeks pregnant due to a herniation that was bulging on both sides, making me unable to move without excruciating pain. All previous conservative treatments failed and surgery was my only option. (OB and surgeon were comfortable with the surgery in the 2nd trimester.) Now at 3 weeks post-op, I am doing wonderfully! The only residual effects are a numb left foot and slight pain in my left leg when vertical, but I believe these issues will go away and are tolerable, especially compared to the debilitating pain I was in prior to surgery! :)

My question:

I will be delivering this baby in 22 weeks. I'm concerned about two things:
1) The strain on my back until delivery
2) Best method of delivery

Has anyone else been in this situation or can you offer any advice/recommedations for my situation? I want to protect the health of my spine and prevent ANY chance of reherniating or causing further damage to my back! (With my baby's health in top consideration, as well)

Thank you! :)


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 09/30/2013 - 6:39 AM
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • What does your OB say?
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • OB says I can deliver either vaginally or Cesarean. Surgeon says I should have the c-section.

    This seems to be a unique situation here as I haven't found any other posts regarding it. In fact, I can't find much online anywhere! :/
  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 10/15/2013 - 1:58 PM
    I'm honestly not sure. My situation was different and I had to deliver via C-Section under general anesthesia. I know you have a lot to consider. I'm sorry the doctors are conflicting, otherwise it would be an easy choice. Best of luck to you.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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