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SI fusions and pregnancy.

I've had very successful bilateral SI fusions (the minimally invasive procedure in 2011) and I'm now considering another pregnancy. Does anyone have any experience either personal,or knows of anyone who has had a pregnancy after this type of SI fusion procedure. I'm also over 40 and I have fibromyalgia, and had a prior Anterior lumbar fusion at the L-4 L-5 level in 2007. I had post-op complications after that procedure specifically a reaction to the BMP causing excessive growth and inflammation of the regenerating bone. I know it's already considered a high risk pregnancy due to maternal age and full of potential health complications to both myself and a child with the other health issues. I just want to know if anyone else has gone through this as far as having had the minimally invasive SI fusion and/or anterior lumbar fusion. What if any special precautions were taken or recommended to preserve the integrity of the SI hardware specifically the fusion of the joint itself. What kind of problems if any did the pregnancy have on their post SI fusion results? I know asking my Ortho Dr is the recommended route however; he has since retired and there isn't anyone within my State who does this procedure,(minimally invasive) let alone the older, dated SI fusion procedure. I thank you for any useful information you might have.


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  • If it were me I strongly suggest traveling to see an ortho that does these to discuss pregnancy as well as an OB appointment before becoming pregnant. I do not have an SI fusion so I can't give you any true advice or information from a patient's point of view. What I can tell you is that I have screws going through this joints to stabilize my spine and prevent SI problems. I was told I'd need these screws surgically loosened prior to becoming pregnant if I chose for a 3rd child.
    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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