A few years ago I had lower back surgery to fuse two discs. The surgery went well in relieving a ton a pain. One side affect from the surgery has been the emergence of what appears to be belly fat. I was very active prior to surgery - 6 feet 2 and about 200 lbs. I did have some belly fat but not as much as after the lower back surgery. One of the things I had in my mind about the surgery was that I wouldn't eat for a couple of days and that I would lose weight. That did not happen and was a surprise to me.
More context to my surgery, the surgeon entered my stomach and my back to perform the fusion. So, my stomach was opened up. I asked my surgeon about this afterwards and he did tell me that when you open up your stomach, air gets in and can be trapped. Fast forward 3 years, my stomach has not returned to pre-surgery appearance. This 'bulge' drives me crazy. I'm eating mostly carrots and no bread and I can't for the life of me lose this fat roll. I exercise like crazy too.
Has anyone else experienced what I have experienced? Have you found a way to get rid of the bulge that has occurred as a result of the surgery?