I was only 13 at the time so I never had to worry about babies. The concerns regarding scoliosis surgery and epidurals generally is in regards to the risks of inserting the epidural needle into an area with extensive surgical hardware. New to this sub and so glad I found it. Just wondering if anyone has had this type of situation before and could please share their stories? So, I created my own path, as per usual, and I’m hopeful that this might be helpful to someone else in my shoes–rare as we may be. That is an easier recovery than lumbar spine surgery because the lower end of the spine is bearing most of your body weight. Many OB/GYNs refuse to provide epidurals to women with scoliosis fusions. She is also collaborating with Dr. Hammill on a guidebook to pregnancy for women with disabilities. Hey guys, So I guess I should tell you my story, I had a Spinal Fusion in January 2011 at L5/S1 as I have Spondylolisthesis. This helps the spine grow in a straighter position and sometimes eases back pain. It'a a long shot, but has anyone else had spinal surgery prior to pregnancy? Posted by 11 months ago. @heatherm My direct experience with spinal fusion surgery is for a fusion at C5/C6. It's called "fusion" because the surgery lets two or more bones in the spine (called vertebrae) fuse (grow together) into one solid bone. This helps the spine grow in a straighter position and sometimes eases back pain. Two or more vertebrae in your neck are fused. A: A spinal fusion rod may cause problems with an epidural. With my first I did have back pain on and off. Last but not least, Meena also volunteers for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association as a lead co-coordinator for a Spinal Cord Peer Group, and instructs Fusion Wheelchair Aerobics at The Metropolitan Multiservice Center once a week. Pregnancy-related changes typically involve the joints and connective tissues, making them loose, pliable, and soft. I searched for resources and direction, but didn’t find much of use. Spinal fusion is surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in your spine, eliminating motion between them. Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Second Trimester' started by odouglass, Apr 2, 2014. odouglass Well-Known Member. I’m a 22 year old female and I had my spinal fusion at 13. Increased stress: Pregnancy is an exciting and special time for many women, but it … I don't have a very long fusion (T-11-L5), but the fusion did prevent me from getting an epidural. Posted by 1 year ago. There are many, many (MANY) issues around pregnancy and spinal fusions. Spinal Fusion and Birth: In late 2009 I had a spinal fusion on the top half of my back, leaving a lower curvature in my spine. I had a fusion at L5/S1 in March 2010, partly to correct a failed "flexible stabilisation" at the same level: so 2 major spinal surgeries, sadly with no benefit, pain-wise! Relaxin may cause some spinal instability, and this can cause low back pain. Fusing vertebrae in the neck (the top 7 vertebrae of your spine) may help ease neck and arm pain. Now, I have three kids. It may also help relieve progressive paralysis caused by compression of your nerve roots or spinal cord. I'm 37. I have my apt Tuesday to discuss further with dr.. 13 wks 5 Comments Pregnancy with a rod is possible. These changes result in increased stress and strain on the spinal and pelvic joints in the lower back and hips. Women undergoing surgery for AIS reported a similar incidence of BP as healthy pregnant women, but when spinal fusion to L3 or L4 was performed, the incidence of low BP was higher. Hey there! Spinal Fusion?? OTOH I had a CS for my second DC for other reasons and had a spinal (not the partially ineffective epidural) - had that not worked I'd have had to have GA. Has anyone experienced pregnancy with a spinal fusion. Archived. There don’t seem to be a lot of us, women with spinal fusions having babies. This animation explains what spinal fusion is and how your doctor does it. During spinal fusion, your surgeon places bone or a bonelike material within the space between two spinal vertebrae. Hi I am going to be getting a thoracic spinal fusion soon [t3-t6]. Having a previous joint fusion will generally not prevent a woman from successfully bringing a child to term. Hello! I had a bad back on occasion during the end of the first trimester when I think everything was moving about ligament wise but then it was ok. Pregnancy with a spinal fusion? This risk increased to 55% when spinal fusion to L4 was performed. Pregnancy is uncomfortable no matter what, but I can tell you that it was worth it. Doctors do spinal fusion surgery to help kids and teens with scoliosis or other spine problems. If the rod is low in the spine, an epidural will be difficult if not impossible. There are few reports in the literature that address pregnancy, labor and delivery in this patient population. This risk increased to 55% when spinal fusion to L4 was performed. HelloI had a spinal fusion surgery 7 yrs ago L5-s1 and was wondering if anyone has had an epidural or went natural or c-section. Due June 2020 with baby #1 … Pregnancy and chronic pain/ spinal fusion: Hi ladies, I'm 33 yo, newly married and 6 weeks pregnant with our first. There are approximately 3,000 women of childbearing age who become spinal cord injured each year in the United States. Hiya - sorry only just seen your post! Fusion may be done through a cut in the front or the back of the neck. Close. Spinal Fusions and Pregnancy: Four Guidelines November 21, 2018 5:14 pm / Tarah Neujahr Bryan There don’t seem to be a lot of us, women with spinal fusions having babies. I have suffered from chronic pain for 20 years - headaches, migraines and sciatica. I had spinal fusion from severe scoliosis and have 2 metal rods. Spinal fusion is a surgery in which two or more vertebrae in the vertebral column or back are fused or joined to treat a slew of spinal problems and diseases, which cause debilitating back pain.This surgery helps to remove bone and tissue that are narrowing the spinal canal, squeezing the spinal cord and nerves, reducing pain and improving function. It took 3 months for my bone graft to begin fusing and during that time I … Spinal Fusion: Cervical. The quality of life and sexual function were at the same level in women after scoliosis surgery than in healthy controls. … Spinal fusion is surgery to join two or more vertebrae into one single structure. Obviously, I didn't have a spinal fusion, but I wouldn't immediately see a reason why you couldn't try for a natural birth if you wanted. I had a spinal fusion after a partial discectomy 10 years before conceiving and had no issues with pregnancy. Women with a history of spinal fusion for AIS fused to L3 or L4 reported a higher incidence of low BP, and CSs are more frequently required. Adjacent Segment Degeneration: The Primary Cause of Spinal Fusion Complications Years Later As you likely already know from your research, spinal fusion is the process of removing a vertebral motion segment from your spine—made up of a disc and its accompanying facet joints—and filling the gap with bone graft, screws, rods, and spacers. Spinal fusion surgery does not automatically mean you can’t have a normal pregnancy or delivery, but it could affect your likelihood of receiving an epidural with scoliosis. In fact, certain hormones produced during pregnancy can cause sacroiliac joint dysfunction, a condition that causes low back pain. Sacroiliac joint fusion surgery provides a lot of stability and pain relief to the patient, and the required spinal hardware will not interfere during a pregnancy term. 14. I am worried about this effecting the birth as I'm only 23 weeks and can hardly walk without a lot of pain as it is. progress (2), onset of labor 1 day post spinal fusion, and a mother's request to have tubal ligation. Close. Pregnancy after spinal fusion. The quality of life and sexual function were at the same … Is so please share your experience!! It didn't go to plan, I have the screws and rods in place but my surgeon failed to fuse the bone together. Spinal fusion and pregnancy (1 Post) Add message | Report. It went great, I recovered well and have had no problems. I spent a lot of time in the pool and was fortunate to stop working pretty early in the pregnancy.I was able to have an epidural (I had an anesthesia consult first and brought images, it depends on the provider and location of the fusion) and had a successful vaginal delivery! I had a spinal fusion 7 years ago after my spine almost completely severed. Back pain may develop as early as the first trimester and typically increases as pregnancy … Women with a history of spinal fusion for AIS can experience pregnancy and delivery without a significant risk of perinatal complications. After my spinal fusion, I had to wait a full year for the pieces of bone that they put in the spaces to fuse around the metal and become solid. Pregnancy after spinal fusion. Spinal fusion involves techniques designed to mimic the normal healing process of broken bones. I just want to know if it's possible to carry a pregnancy, or if pregnancy jeopardize This topic is answered by a medical expert. There were some, like a caudal block and a spinal. Conclusions: Women with a history of spinal fusion for AIS fused to L3 or L4 reported a higher incidence of low BP, and CSs are more frequently required. We are reporting on 22 women post spinal cord injury who had 33 pregna … Epidural anesthesia was selected for 9 deliveries; 6 of these I’m new to this sub so apologies if this has been asked before. Doctors do spinal fusion surgery to help kids and teens with scoliosis or other spine problems. I met with an anesthesiologist during my pregnancy just to hear options. 6. Debby25 Wed 09-Dec-15 16:55:07. Archived. SI Joint Fusion & Pregnancy. It's called "fusion" because the surgery lets two or more bones in the spine (called vertebrae) fuse (grow together) into one solid bone. Pregnancy with a spinal fusion? TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Abnormalities of trabecular and cortical microarchitecture are associated with skeletal complications in the six months following spinal fusion surgery, according to a study published in the February issue of Bone.. 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