Re: Hubby has question about pain treatment post surgery....
The most important piece of advice I can give is WALK WALK WALK. They will have him up walking the same day as surgery. This more than anything else will help speed the recovery (ie- wake the bowels from surgery and passing gas). I believe I was walking to the nurse station that first day (it may have only been a few feet, but it's walking)
He will be on limited liquid diet until he can pass gas, after that they will put him on soft solid foods. Once he is able to pass regular solid food and there are not problems or complication, he should be able to go home (About 5 days following surgery). It will take about 2-3 days for the bowel to wake up to the point he is passing gas.
He will probably be on some type of pain pump. I can't remember where it was hooked up, but know it wasn't the spine. He will be in pain those first few days, the pain pump will help there, but again I stress waliking up front reduces pain in a few days, speeds healing and helps wake up the bowels.
Good luck, he will make it, if I can help more let me know.