I'me due for an L5-S1 PLIF mid January 2011...sciatica in left leg was killing me. I've been on so many forums and read so many articles that I've pretty well been able to wrap my head around the whole spinal fusion thing. Not really scared at all, just a bit apprehensive. Have an excellent NS and team---that's all he does and even my epidural anesthesiologist told me the guys is "very,very good at what he does."
So why am I writing you may ask. Because I'd like an answer to a question that is hardly cocktail party conversation. The question is about post op constipation due to narcotic pain meds. It's been dealt with on the other forums, but no one has mentioned something I read about.
One person wrote that they took a stool softener (senakot-s) BEFORE the operation, obviously before the no food/liquid timeframe cutoff prior to surgery. That is usually 8-12 hours prior. So softeners take about 24 hours to work (or more sometimes, depending on the severity of the constipation I think)
But the person did it as a pre-"emptive" strike (HAHA pun intended) but they said it worked, kind of getting a jump on things before it had a chance to get bad. By the time they were less than 24 hours post op, it was already starting to work. Then they just took softeners on a schedule.
Anyone heard of doing this?