I had a double fusion via XLIF three weeks ago involving L2-3 and L 3-4. In the week immediately following surgery My upper colon was obviously swollen and I was so constipated that I had to have X-Rays to rule out an intestinal blockage. Since then, my G.P. prescribed Lactulose, and this has pretty much resolved the constipation issue. However, I am still definitely swollen roughly from my navel laterally around to the incision site at the back of my left hip. This has also pushed my navel slightly toward the right of center.
Has anyone else experienced this? I find it uncomfortable to button the top button on my Levis, and the skin feels extra sensitive to pressure in this area as well.
By the way, I am also still numb in the left groin area because the surgeon had to stretch that nerve out of the way when he went in.