I'm a month out of surgery for a full (lumbar) spinal fusion due to degenerative scoliosis. My pain and other symptoms are greatly reduced, and I am on a mere fraction of the pain meds I was on prior to surgery. So far everything seems to be going very well, and my surgeon's opinion is that I'm a few weeks ahead of where many patients find themselves at the same point. I have a fair amount of abdominal swelling on my left side, which was the route taken to do the multiple laminectomies required. My question for those of you who've experienced the same condition is: how long before this swelling can be expected to start going down? I really have not seen any change, though all the other areas of swelling and edema seem to have resolved by now. The swelling is very noticable. Should I be worried at this point, or is this the normal course of events?