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Thread: 1 1/2 Years Post-Op and 6 Mths Pregnant

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    1 1/2 Years Post-Op and 6 Mths Pregnant

    Hi All,

    I haven't been on here for a while, because I actually had an issue with posting on my account. But I'm back, and anxious to tell all of you how I'm doing, particularly because this is something I wondered about pre-op.

    I am just over 1.5 years post-op (surgery was in September 2010), and I am now over 6 months pregnant and doing just fine. I got pregnant about a month after my post op year anniversary. I have had ZERO issues with my back - no pain at all related to the pregnancy, or in general. I actually haven't even been working out so if I have any pain at all in the next few months I'd imagine it's simply typical pregnancy pain with the weight of the baby.. but so far, so good.

    I am so happy I had the surgery when I did. I am fused from T5 - L1, and had the surgery with Dr. Errico in NYC (highly recommend him).

    If there are any questions, please let me know.

    I wish all of you who are making the decision to have surgery the best of luck. Only you know what's right for you, and when.

    Take care everyone,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Hi again,

    Actually I forgot to mention.. I am curious if anyone on here has had an epidural for labor/delivery post-op. I thought I heard it was just fine, but I wonder about the chance for infection to the rods, etc. Any experiences would be helpful (think I'll call my surgeon too soon)!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Don't have an answer to your question but just wanted to congratulate you on your pregnancy and doing so well at one and a half years after surgery. That's fantastic! Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Indianapolis area
    Congratulations! What a dream!! )
    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.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Jamie congratulations how absolutely wonderful. I have two children and no problems with pregnancy and childbirth. But then they grew up!! Joking,

    Operated on in 1966, harrington rods inserted from T4 to L3, here in Australia. Fusion of the said vertebrae as well. Problems for the last 14 years with pain.
    Something I feel deeply,"Life is like money,you can spend it anyway you wish, but can only spend it once.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    It's nice to hear from you again. You are about 4 months ahead of me. Congratulations on your pregnancy. How exciting!

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I would ask your scoli doc or the anesthesiologist who will likely be helping you during labor about the epidural. I'v heard of it, and I've also heard some docs don't like doing it. I have NO idea what the risk of infection to your rods would be. I can't imagine that the risk of infection would be any greater than it would be for anyone else, but that's just my thought. It was my biggest impression that it has to do more with the location of the rods and if they can safely get the catheter into the epidural space. Best wishes on the rest of your pregnancy. Enjoy!

    Be happy!
    We don't know what tomorrow brings,
    but we are alive today!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Hey stranger, glad to hear your doing so well....Zero issues, and prego! Hoo hoo!

    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion

    My x-rays

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Thank you everyone, I appreciate the "congrats" very much!

    I just spoke with my surgeon's office and they said the epidural should be fine, especially as I'm only fused to L1 (so they would insert below the fusion). I'm also planning to talk to a head anesthesiologist at the hospital, just in case . I'll let you know if I find out anything more!

    Thank you again!

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