OK, I never thought I would be posting on this. I've had a bit of it when traveling. Nothing noteworthy. Been a little slow after a couple of other minor surgeries, but mostly a boringly regular guy.
That changed after the double lumbar XLIF. It might have been a combination of aggressive use of Norco 10s and the fact they have to "break you" while lying on your side to spread the rib cage away from the illiac crest to do the XLIF that created an opportunity for what might have been a serious bowel obstruction. Just had E.R. X-rays and no obstructions, but a packed mass, so they ordered in the heavy artillery -- magnesium citrate.
I had been careful to eat some prunes, veggies and high-fiber bread after surgery, but it wasn't enough. Pay close attention gang, as the last thing you want is to be dealing with post-op back pain only to have it eclipsed by agony in your lower abdomen.
If you want further explanation, Google the Billy Connolly YouTube clip on colonoscopies and you'll see what I mean!