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Pregnancy Post Cervical Discectomy???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone had a normal pregnancy after "Cervical Discectomy"? I am a 36 year old female who is feeling the pressure of both, my neck and my biological clock.

I have posted here before but not sure what happened as I was unable to login with old info. Anyways, I would like to know if there are women out there who have had the surgery and then tried to conceive?



  • It's something very close my heart as I'm probably facing a lumbar fusion in the near future and the thought that I may not be able to have a baby scars me to death! I was told to wait 2 years after fusion to enable the body to fully heal and to give yourself to build up some muscle strength again with exercise, but I doubt they would suggest so long after a microdiscectomy. Having never had a baby I don't know the answer to this question, but is the neck placed under any strain when carrying a child? The actual act of conceiving may be a challenge though ;)
  • Hiya, I just wanted to let you know my situation to see if it helps you at all....
    My dog pulled me over in the park in Aug 06 and I wedge fractured L3. In Aug 06 it was fused posteriorly to L2 and fixed L2-L3-L4. The L3-L4 hardware was removed in Jan 07 to leave the hardware around the fusion. I then fell pregnant in Feb 07 because my pain was quite manageable (although my physio did tell me to wait a year to let my body recover properly...) Anyway, throughout the pregnancy the relaxin hormones did wonders for my back and it was only in the 8th month that I really started to struggle, but no different to any other pregnant mum really. They agreed to induce me at 2 weeks early because I had a huge baby and no options on pain relief.

    Anyway, they refused to do an epidural because of my fusion and hardware, so I gave birth 'naturally(!)' to a 9lb 11oz baby with no pain relief. I can honestly say that I am probably still in shock from how much that hurt but my back was not so much of a problem.

    But it gets worse... the thing I didn't realise was that looking after a baby is a massive strain on your back. Everything you do it bending, lifting, crouching etc etc and my back got worse and worse until I went back for another MRI when my baby was 7 months old because I couldn't look after her any more.

    So the MRI showed that the FUSION DIDN'T WORK! The hardware was keeping the posterior aspect fixed but the damaged vertebrae were still moving and pinching at the front on the damaged disc.

    So I had to hire a nanny to care for my daughter and have an anterior interbody fusion (ALIF) and complete disc removal at L2-3 in October 08. The main pain has gone but now I have real stiffness around L5-S1 but I hope that will go when I start physio. I have been advised to wait a year until I get pregnant again, which I am gutted about because I would love another baby asap.

    So what I wanted to say was that pain wise, the pregnancy was ok, but I will never know whether my fusion failed because I got pregnant too soon after my operation. I suppose there is a chance that the baby forming its bones may have been taking all the calcium, minerals etc that I needed to mend myself.

    Anyway, I hope this helps you or anyone else in some way to do what's right.

    take care, Laura.
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  • I don't know too much about a cervical discectomy as mine was at L4/L5, but I wouldn't have thought it would be too much of a problem pregnancy wise but like Laura pointed out it might makes things tough after the baby is born as there is very little chance for you to rest or put yourself first once you are a mum.

    I had my op when my youngest was 6 months old and my eldest was just over 2 years, and I got through the recovery with no real problems. Life after the surgery was much better than that before, but I had to be careful about my posture and take my time lifting the baby into the car seat and things like that.

    One area that it might be worth taking extra care over is breastfeeding (if you were planning on giving it a go), as it is quite hard to get the baby into the right position without putting strain on your neck/back. You might need to try a few different holds and get some advice from a lactation specialist.

    Have your spoken to your Dr about the prospect of a pregnancy? I hope they give you some good feedback and then you can move forward with your plans.

    I would love another little one, so if that goes ahead I might be able to let you know if the pregnancy causes any problems to my back beyond what is normal. I am not anticipating any issues although will have to think about the kind of delivery that I have as it was my son's difficult birth that ruptured my disc in the first place!

    Good luck with everything,

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