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Posted in: Spondylolisthesis, and Surgery.

Spinal fusion L5/S1 for Grade III Spondy and Pregnant

Started by dlbetts77 on 11/10/2010 1:51pm

Hi all!

I had a spinal fusion at S1/L5 in January of this year to stabilize my high grade 3 spondylolisthesis. I found out in June that I was pregnant. So far, I have not noticed too much in the way of extra pain. However, I am concerned about labor and delivery with 4 rods and 8 screws in the lower part of my spine. I have asked my doctors and the only response I get is that we will try for regular delivery and see what happens. I have this gut feeling that I will end up with a c-section because of how severe my mother's back labor was with me and due to the fact that my spine still is not correctly aligned (just locked in place without nerve compression anymore). If that's the case, I want to know now.

I'm not opposed to trying labor and vaginal delivery, but my back is seriously concerning me. Maybe if I had completely recovered before getting pregnant, but I'm not even a year post-op. Has anyone experienced this or something similar?

Thanks for any advice you can offer!

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Hi dibetts77, I know this response is to a question you had in 2010 and it is year later now in 2014. I have 100% slippage and have had 3 vaginal births, two before I knew I had Spondylolisthesis and one birth 2 years after my spinal fusion…which I begged for a C-section, but was ignored, with everyone saying everything would be okay, well in my case it was far from okay…Long story short-my son had years of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy from the traumatic birth through my vaginal canal…he became stuck under my pelvis because at the time I never realized and either did my doctors that with a higher grade spondy-this causes your pelvis to tilt-so when you get this fused with a spinal fusion-this tilt stays in that position and can no longer "Give" or move-causing babies heads to become stuck there sometimes…which is what happened to my son. Myself and 2 other ladies that also have 100% slippages have a Spondylolisthesis Group on Facebook with close to 1500 members so far from all one the world. I want to send an invite to you to join up in our group! I would love to hear how you are doing these days and to hear your story. I will post a link to our group in my next message. Please feel free as well to contact me through Facebook or my email address at pennie92@aol.com

-Big Hugs! Dena


Here is the link to our support group….https://www.facebook.com/groups/spondylolisthesis.support/