Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can be stressful as well. Your body changes throughout your pregnancy. Some of these changes will put intense pressure on your lower lumbar (lower back). If you’re a pregnant woman suffering from back pain and non-surgical methods (e.g., Yoga and pain relief medication) haven’t worked, you may be a candidate for lumbar laminectomy surgery.
Is Lumbar Decompression Safe for Pregnant Women?
Yes, lumbar decompression is a safe operation for expectant mothers to undergo. The orthopedic surgeon will administer epidural anesthesia before beginning your operation. Epidural anesthesia does not pose an increased risk of birth defects in babies.
Historically, medical experts have agreed that spinal surgery is necessary in cases where other forms of back pain relief have not been alleviated. Our profession is more concerned with how the emotional stress you feel, as a result of your back pain, can harm your baby. Thus, extra precautions are taken to ensure lumbar decompression is safe for expectant mothers.
How Can Lumbar Decompression Affect My Pregnancy?
Mothers who had lumbar laminectomy surgery during their pregnancy have gone on to deliver full term. Their babies were of normal birth weight (discounting babies who were below normal birth weight for reasons unrelated to lumbar laminectomy). There is an increased likelihood that you will have a cesarean instead of a vaginal birth after undergoing this surgery. This is due to vaginal births putting excess pressure on your spinal cord.
Post-surgery, the orthopedic surgeon, obstetrician, and primary care physician may work together to compose a recovery plan that is tailored to your needs. Most likely, the doctors will recommend an exercise regimen to aid your recovery and mitigate potential complications.
Lumbar Laminectomy Expert Near Me New York, NY
Lumbar laminectomy surgery has been performed on expectant mothers for more than thirty years. However, any surgery will have increased risks if the surgeon is not an expert in their field. Dr. Todd J. Albert, MD specializes in the field of orthopedic spine surgery. He is both a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus. You can trust Dr. Albert has the expertise necessary for a safe operation during your pregnancy. To schedule a consultation, call 212-606-1004.