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  1. #1
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    Question Pregnancy after surgery

    Hi all. I haven't been on here for several years. Since just after my last surgery I think. I'm hoping this post is in the right place. Couldn't think where else to put it.

    I had two fusions done, the first in 2007 and the second in August 2008. Now I'm 20 weeks pregnant and my consultant has warned me that the shape of my pelvis might not be able to accommodate a natural birth. I'm hoping that it will because my hips were never affected. To be honest my consultant at the hospital I will give birth at has no experience or knowledge of spinal fusions. He did warn me that the anaesthetists at my local hospital will probably not be willing to give me an epidural which is fine.

    My baby is likely to be back to back as I have an anterior placenta which I know will make it more painful for my back. Again, I'm prepared for this, having been through the surgeries I can deal with that lol. I was just wondering if there is anyone on here that has been through birth since their surgery and if they had any problems.

    Thank you xx
    Last edited by kazyn; 02-08-2012 at 04:18 PM.
    Anterior surgery 18th Jan 07
    Fused from T8 to T12 with 2 ribs removed
    Surgery was done by Mr Harrison and his team at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, England
    Revision posterior surgery on 26th April 07 to remove protruding rib stumps
    No longer wearing a Stanmore custom hard backed brace
    Posterior surgery on 18th August 08 due to non fusion of first op and further kyphosis. Two rods from T2 to T12

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    Hello,

    I haven't had surgery for my back, but I have had babies. I'm thinking from what you said, that the shape of your pelvis has nothing to do with your surgeries. Some women just have a smaller pelvic outlet, so if you're going to try for a natural birth, hope for a smaller baby. It's just the way some of us are made. If it doesn't work out, don't be too down about it. I had to have one c-section. It doesn't mean you're a failure. Just enjoy your pregnancy and congratulations!!! Many women do go on to have babies after surgery. I've read some on here before. So maybe you can do a search on pregnancy and see what comes up. Maybe you can connect with someone who's been down your road.

    Again, Congratulations!
    Rohrer01

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    Thank you for your reply and your congratulations.

    My consultant is happy that my pelvis is big enough, but he said that as the baby decends and the pelvis seperates, because of the surgery it can do so unevenly and end up skewed if that makes sense. Apparently it should go back to normal afterwards. We went through so much IVF to get pregnant in the first place (male factor, not due to my back) that as long as our baby gets here safely I'm not too worried about how it's delivered.

    Thank you for your kind words xx
    Anterior surgery 18th Jan 07
    Fused from T8 to T12 with 2 ribs removed
    Surgery was done by Mr Harrison and his team at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, England
    Revision posterior surgery on 26th April 07 to remove protruding rib stumps
    No longer wearing a Stanmore custom hard backed brace
    Posterior surgery on 18th August 08 due to non fusion of first op and further kyphosis. Two rods from T2 to T12

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    Hi there. I had 2 c-sections before my spinal fusion. My
    Babies had large heads and they were face up--probably having to do with the shape of my pelvis.

    Anyway, I am here to report that if you have made it through spinal surgery, a C-section will be a walk in the park! I hope you get to deliver naturally, but if not you will
    be just fine.

    Best,
    Evelyn
    age 44
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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    I tried to deliver naturally, but the poor baby got "stuck" in my pelvis. I ended up having a C-section under general anaethesia and it turned out the baby was facing the wrong way ("Sunny side up" or back to back like you've described). I have no idea if this is because of my fusion and no one could really give me an answer on that one. My baby, now 1!, is doing great, but I still feel guilty about how things went sometimes. I did have a consult with an anaethesiologist a month ago because we do want to try for another and he warned me an epidural would probably not work on me due to my fusion and that general anaethesia is not as bad as I was making it out to be in my head. So with #2, our plan now is a planned C-section under general anaethesia. Hope this helps and congratulations on your upcoming little one
    - 39 years old
    - At age 14, curve progressed from 45 degrees to 62 degrees in two months.
    - Surgery in 1990 at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) with Dr. Letts. Fused T5 to L2. Corrected to about 30 degrees.
    - Harrington rod
    - Herniated disc - L5/S1 - January 2008. Summer 2009 - close to making a full recovery.
    - New mommy as of February 2011
    - Second child - September 2013
    - Staying relatively painfree through physio exercises!

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    I had a baby at 40 and had the scoliosis surgery at 16. I was fused T6 to L4. It took the guys 45 minutes to get my spinal in the right place. I feel the pain where they must have chipped bone from the repeated jamming of the needle most weeks of the month. You cannot get an epidural only a spinal they told me. This was 14 years ago. I am 54 now and the curve above and below the fusion is slowing moving and giving me lots of muscle and disc pain. My delivery was fine with no complications. It was hard to pick up my daughter as she got heavier and heavier, but you put up with the pain because you love them so much.

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