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Colon problems / 2mos. after surg.

raygirlrraygirl Posts: 22
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone had some colon problems after their surg.
I had a fusion from front and back. I was doing fine
but now have had some pain in upper back(thoracic)and
lots of gas and discomfort. It has lasted about two weeks
so I am concerned. It feels like my colon does not have
enough room (realize that is crazy way to describe it).
You all have been so helpful in the past so that is why
I am writing today. When you are home alone- lots of time to
worry. My nurse practioner said it would take a long time for
everything to heal and not be swollen. What do you think??


  • Are you constipated? That can happen after surgery,with the meds and our insides getting re-arranged.Also if you are on pain medicine,that can cause problems.I have been through 2 fusions-pm if you want to and we will talk! Jeannie
  • There is a situation that is not that common, but you might want to ask your surgeon about it. Scar tissue can be a problem. On this board, we mostly talk about how it impacts the back, but it can also form in the abdomen after any type of surgery that goes into the abdominal cavity.

    Chances are, it is remaining inflammation causing your problems...but I just wanted to mention the remote possibility of epidural fibrosis/scar tissue.

    Good luck. Let us know what you find out.

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