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question about pregnancy/childbirth after discectomy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,208
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My husband and I are planning to try to start a family soon.
I had a discectony and laminotony on L5-S1 and L4-5 about five years ago.
Does anyone know if this will affect my pregnancy in any way and I would have any problems carrying a child? Also, would I be able to deliver or more likely have a C-Section?
Also, I was doing some research online and came across some blogs about some doctors not doing epidurals on women who have had back surgery and was wondering if anyone knew anything about that as I did not plan on having a completely natural childbirth when the time came without any pain medication.

Thanks so much!


  • I had the same surgery as you 14 years ago without hardware and my spine collapsed and pointed to the left......and didn't have a baby.

    Do you have hardware? Do you have lifting restrictions?

    Good Luck to you.

  • That they say wait at least a year if you had BMP.

    Good question.

    Don't know the correct answer. sorry
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  • Wow, that sounds painful. Did anything happen specifically to cause the collapse? Did the disk just give out? Do you know what the factors are that led to that happening (would having a baby grow in there cause the same kind of thing)?

    Best wishes,

  • have a fusion with hardware it shouldn't be a problem to be pregnant. The only thing I would strongly suggest is to really build up your core stability muscles. You may want to see a PT for that and get propper medical advice from them.
    I know a few women who have had back surgery (discectomy & laminectomy)and then pregnancy/s with no problems.

    As for the C-section- you souldn't need it beacuse of your back but that will be up to the Dr.
    Also I have had an epidural (given by an anesthetis Dr) and it was no problems at all. Again it will depend on your Dr.
    WHy dont you go to your PCP and have a chat, he/she can advise you on the best course of action.

    Blessings Sara O:)
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