Hi, 43yr old male here. I am 3 days post-op for an L5 Laminectomy with L5 -S1 Discectomy.
I spent 36 hours in the hospital afterwards. Surgery seems like it was a success.
I was give stool softeners while in hospital. Never felt any pressure on my bowels like I needed to go during my stay. I Have been passing gas .
I had a very hard time voiding my bladder the first night post-op. My bladder was absolutely full yet I could not go. The pain got so bad I ended up getting a straight Catheter. Since the Catheter I have been able to urinate on my own without much problem.
Since coming home I've been taking Senokot's (stool softener/ laxative) . I'm taking my pain meds as needed but knowing they help cause constipation I try not to take them more than needed.
I've been eating a lot of fruits, vegetables & anything high in fiber I can find.
For the past 24hrs or so I have been feeling that pressure in my stomach like I need to go. The best I can do is still just pass gas.
I've been walking as much as I can tolerate to try and help get things moving.
I'm starting to get worried that I can't go. I don't want it to turn in to a problem.
If anyone is willing to share their experiences with bowel movements post-op I would really appreciate it. I am not having bad stomach pain yet so I guess I should not be to worried, but at what point should I call the doctor???