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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Madison, Wisconsin


    Hi all,

    I have not been on here for a looooooong time and am over 2 years post-op, but wanted to write a quick message of encouragement for all of you who have had the surgery and are thinking about pregnancy. I am a new mom as of 2 weeks ago when I had my first born child. I have a fusion from L3-T4 and my back held us VERY well during the pregnancy and I was able to have a completely natural childbirth. My back also did not bother me during delivery - I was pretty sore afterwards, but it was what I expected. I am so glad I did the surgery and was able to fulfill my dream of starting a family. Lots of people questioned why I didn't just schedule a c-section because of my fusion, but I know there was no need! We are just as strong as those people giving birth who don't have spinal fusions.

    Best wishes to all,
    "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

    Previously 55 degree thoracolumbar curve
    Surgery June 5, 2007 - Dr. Clifford Tribus, University of Wisconsin Hospital
    19 degrees post-op!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Los Angeles
    Hi Anya,

    I just wanted to say congratulations on the new baby!

    All the best,
    ValleyGirl - age 54

    Diagnosed @ age 11
    Milwaukee brace 1967-1971 -- hated it!
    Never rechecked since 1971 until "tweaked" something in lower back in July 2008.
    Now curve is T38*, L53*
    Surgery scheduled for 9/8/09

    Fused T10 - S1 on 9/8/09

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Anya-- I'm so thrilled for you! But you didn't give us any details on your new little one! I'm so glad to hear it all went well and glad you were thoughtful enough to pass that info on to inspire many of the younger ones... Sending hugs for you and your little one. Susie
    Last edited by Susie*Bee; 09-19-2009 at 11:55 AM.
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    long island, ny
    Congratulations on your bundle of joy! Even though I am well past the having a baby stage, your words were still so encouraging in all aspects of our lives in that there is not much we cannot do.

    By the way, boy or girl?
    Dolores A
    June 4, 2009 Anterior L3 - S1
    June 8, 2009 Posterior T4 - Pelvis
    Mark Agulnick, MD FAAOS
    NY Spine & Scoliosis Center

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Congratulations! What great news about your baby and how strong your back is. I know how difficult childbirth can be so it's very encouraging news that your post-fusion back did so well.

    All the best,

    Mother of Alexander & Zachary:
    Alex is 16 years old and in the 11th grade. He has congenital scoliosis due to a hemivertebrae at T10. Wore a TLSO brace for 3 1/2 years. Pre-op curves were T45 & L65; curves post-op are approx. T31 & L34. Had a posterior spinal fusion from T8 to L3 on 7/12/07 at age 12. Doing great now in so many ways, but still working on improving posture.
    Zach is 13 years old and very energetic.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    near Philadelphia
    CONGRATULATIONS!! Boy or girl??
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Houston, TX
    Awwww ... congrats, Anya! I'm so glad everything went well.

    Fusion is NOT the end of the world.
    AIDS Walk Houston 2008 5K @ 33 days post op!

    41, dx'd JIS & Boston braced @ 10
    Pre-op 53, Post-op < 20
    Fused 2/5/08, T4-L1 ... Darrell S. Hanson, Houston


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Congrats on the new baby Awesome news.

    Surgeries July 26th & August 3rd 1983 (12 years old)
    Still have 57 degree curve
    2 Harrington rods
    Luque method used
    Dr David Bradford
    Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Preop xray (with brace on)
    Postop xray

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Wonderful news! Babies are so great.


    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine

    "We are all African."

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Thanks all! I had a baby boy. He was born on Labor Day (ha ha) - 1 week early. He was 7 lbs 12 oz and 20 inches long. He has managed to gain over a pound in this last week - yay mommy milk! He is a pure bundle of joy - and these post-partum hormones are crazy. I had a 100% natural labor - of only 7 1/2 hours! Fastest first baby my nurse had seen. Friends are jealous - but hey, our scoli bodies have been through a lot - it is great when your body gives you a "break" of sorts. My nurse at the hospital actually had a spinal fusion done herself! Because of that, she took better care of me after birth to make sure I was comfortable - because truth be told, my back didn't hurt during labor, but it and my ribs were quite sore after.

    I hope that all those considering having a baby after a spinal fusion know it is quite possible - and after you go through back surgery, you can TOTALLY do labor!!!!

    "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

    Previously 55 degree thoracolumbar curve
    Surgery June 5, 2007 - Dr. Clifford Tribus, University of Wisconsin Hospital
    19 degrees post-op!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Congrats on your little boy and such a quick labor/delivery. That's amazing. After 4 girls we now have a baby grandson. They are so precious. He was born 6 weeks early but is growing way faster than my muscles can keep up with. Best wishes. 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.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Boston area


    Dear Anya and Family,

    Congratulations on the fulfillment of your dream! When our son was born, a friend gave me a tee shirt that read: "Motherhood: More than a job. It's an ADVENTURE." Enjoy the adventure that lies ahead of you.

    Two-stage A/P fusion T6-S1 with lumbar implants June 12 & June 27, 2007 at age 57
    S curve 75+ degrees with kyphosis
    Now 45 degrees and standing 3 inches taller!
    Dr. Frank Rand, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Congrats!! And here's to a long, healthy and happy life for your little son! CLINK!!
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Yea I had 3 kids after a fusion when I was 12...all natural Can be done! Congrats!

    Always Smilin'

    1982 fused T2-L1
    pre op 45 - post op 33 (left thoracic)
    pre op 53 - post op 18 (right thoracic)

    recheck 2006
    right thoracic 57
    lower lumbar 34

    surgical revision April 28,2009
    revision T3-L1; new fusion L1-L4
    unsure of degrees at this point

  15. #15
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Hey colleen...3 kids at age 12, or 3 kids 12 years after surgery? cause 3 kids at age 12 would be quite an accomplishment!

    congratulations anya...may your baby boy be healthy & bring you joy for years to come!


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