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    Expert's opinion on S.I. Joint fusion
    bren_bren posted:
    I was wondering if there are difficulties carrying a child after having an S.I. Joint fusion?

    I'm considering having a single fusion, then possibly another in the future.

    Also, have you heard of a patient ( who has had this procedure ) returning to high impact sports, such as tennis?

    Thanks for your time, B
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Bren_Bren -

    Unfortunately we do not have any professional physicians (experts) on the back pain support group for some time now. what I can tell you is the success rate for fusion surgeries is about 40-60% for spine stability. However, there is no guarantee it will help and/or reduce pains especially if it has been a couple of years since the diagnosis. Some problems are increased pains and/or nerve damage in one or both legs (or arms if upper back).

    I think the best thing to do is to speak both with your spine specialist surgeon and your OBGYN and see what they say. Also you can GOOGLE: SPINAL FUSION SURGERY AND PREGNANCY - This will return quite a few sites for you to research.

    I wish I had better news for you. Please keep us posted to what you find out~~
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    bren_bren replied to bj1208's response:
    Thanks for the info, Joy.

    It's an S.i. Joint fusion, which is not quite as involved. Practically outpatient surgery the way the surgeon describes.

    There are few articles of merit that say much about pregnancy after this type of fusion.

    Talking to my OBGYN is a good idea.

    The surgeon said there was an 80% success rate during the 1st visit, then 90% the 2nd. Huh? My referring PM doc he has seen several successes from this procedure but he doesn't know the long term outcome. I didn't ask if they were male or female. Apparently these two docs work closely together. I've been with my PM doc for 4 yrs. there is a certain level of trust, but for me, not at the level of cutting -just yet.

    As I was leaving the surgeons office he allowed me to meet a patient who begged to have his other joint fused after the 1st one. He appeared pain free, but I didn't ask him if he was out of pain management.

    Thanks for taking the time to write. Hope you're doing alright. B

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