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When to have surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have had worsening back pain for a couple of years. I had an MRI about 4-5 months ago which showed the second from bottom disc is prolapsed and pressing on the nerves.

I had a nerve root injection to try to ease the pain which it did for about 7-8 weeks.

Anyway I wanted to avoid surgery because I have four children (aged 9, 4, 2 and 1). At the beginning of this week I had a miscarriage and so I am wondering whether now might be the time to get on and have the surgery done before trying for another baby or whether to wait until after.

I am guessing though that having another baby right now will make the pain worse as it's been pretty awful today.

I am looking at having replacement disc surgery on one disc only.

Has anyone any experience of this and what the recovery time is like. I am wondering how long my husband is going to have to take off work to look after the children as my surgeons website says no lifting anything over 3kg but it doesn't say how long that is likely to be for.

Any experience on this would be really appreciated.


  • If you are committed to having another baby, you probably will need to work with an OB that specializes in high risk pregnancies. I really don't have any idea how an artificial disc would withstand all the pressure of a pregnancy and delivery...especially at the L4-5 level.(that's the one I think you are referring to). To my knowledge there isn't much statistical research on pregnancy and ADR.

    But, you are correct that it might also be very difficult to be pregnant with a lumbar disc problem such as you have. You will need to do some research and maybe talk to several different spinal specialists to get their opinion.

    Perhaps one of the members will have some personal experience with this and will chime in soon.

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