It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Back Problems Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-01-2009, 05:20 PM   #1
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 10
gacossey HB User
Post ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

Hi, I had ALIF surgery on Jan 20th, so 12 days ago. They went in thru thr front of course, the flipped me over to do a partial laminectomy & partial diskectomy to fix a pinched nerve. I get my 12 back staples out tomorrow. I'm concerned w/ my huge distended belly by the front incision, is this normal, since they "moved" my organs around etc?

 
Old 02-01-2009, 07:12 PM   #2
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: MO. USA
Posts: 247
lynn1961 HB User
Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

hiya gacossey...

I had ALIF surgery dec 16, and if I remember right, my belly was distended a lil. I am quite sure it is normal. Between the incision and the movement of your oragns, I am sure it is normal. Also, constipation will make it like that. I dont know about you, but thats been a major problem for me. How are you doing other than that? Recovery going good for you? I hope you are having a good recovery..

LYNN

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 02-02-2009, 07:07 AM   #3
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northeast USA
Posts: 568
zeroman HB User
Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

I had an ALIF and I had a distended belly also. its partly because of them moving the organs out of the way and party because they "inflate" your abdomen to make room.

I dont recall offhand how long it was distended but I think it was a couple weeks before it started to look more or less normal.
__________________
back surgery in JUN 06 - two level ALIF (L3-4-5) with cages and BMP - SUCCESSFUL!

 
Old 02-02-2009, 07:53 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 3,303
BlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB User
Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

I looked about 6 months pregnant after my 360 fusion. It took quite a while before that distended belly went down to normal. It's completely normal for this to happen. Don't worry. It'll go back to normal after a while.

How are you doing otherwise?

Emily

 
Old 02-06-2009, 07:37 AM   #5
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 10
JDot HB User
Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

I also have a very distended belly following an ALIF on December 31st. It is quite normal to have swelling for a while after any abdominal surgery. Constipation absolutely contributes to the overall swelling, as well.

Hope your recovery is moving along as smoothly as possible!

JDot

 
Old 02-07-2009, 10:33 AM   #6
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 10
gacossey HB User
Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

Thanks for replying ! My back is finally feeling a lot better, not as much constant aching/pressure, now it's mostly my front insicion & sore muscles. So I've borrowed my mom's prune juice, lol ! I had both ALIF & then partial laminectomy & diskectomy so it's been bothersome w/ incisions on front & back ! I plan on starting walking some this week so hopefully that'll help....

 
Old 02-07-2009, 10:36 AM   #7
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 10
gacossey HB User
Smile Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

[QUOTE=zeroman;3871201]I had an ALIF and I had a distended belly also. its partly because of them moving the organs out of the way and party because they "inflate" your abdomen to make room.

I dont recall offhand how long it was distended but I think it was a couple weeks before it started to look more or less normal.[/QUOTE]

sorry, getting used to this board, was trying to reply to everyone who replied to me ! I think I've heard them say "moving my organs around" more than in my entire life ! Guess that makes sense....one day at a time !

 
Old 02-07-2009, 10:39 AM   #8
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 10
gacossey HB User
Smile Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

[QUOTE=BlueAtlas;3871242]I looked about 6 months pregnant after my 360 fusion. It took quite a while before that distended belly went down to normal. It's completely normal for this to happen. Don't worry. It'll go back to normal after a while.

How are you doing otherwise?

Emily [/QUOTE]
I'm getting better every day, can definitely tell my back is not super aching like it was, just my front incision & cut muscles hurt me, but i'm getting out of bed better....I just miss sitting ! max of 15 mins at a time & no more than 4 times a day..planning on starting slowly on my treadmill on Monday....walked around walmart w/ my mom yesterday & that really wore me out....

 
Old 02-07-2009, 10:42 AM   #9
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 10
gacossey HB User
Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

[QUOTE=JDot;3876267]I also have a very distended belly following an ALIF on December 31st. It is quite normal to have swelling for a while after any abdominal surgery. Constipation absolutely contributes to the overall swelling, as well.

Hope your recovery is moving along as smoothly as possible!

JDot[/QUOTE]

so are you doing good now ? Yeah, I had to snag my mom's bottle of prune juice, YUK but figured that would help....i'm pleased with how my back seems to be healing, just all those restrictions to deal with & I have 2 kids, almost 5 & 7, so it's hard to not do all the stuff i'm used to !! I'm thankful to have come this far already...thanks for your info !!!

 
Old 03-07-2009, 07:44 PM   #10
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 10
gacossey HB User
Re: ALIF surgery - Distended stomach

Just thought i'd post again as it sure is good reading everyone else's conditons & surgeries...I'm not alone ! I'm now 7 weeks post ALIF & part'l laminectomy/discectomy...I have to agree my mind wants normalcy so bad ! I resccheduled my 1st check up from last wedns til this wedns 3/11 as I just didnt feel ready to hear "go back to work" even if I could go 1/2 time. Now just in those few days I do feel better, altho I do take vicodin pretty regularly. I try to last as long as I can, and it's mainly a really deep achy pain down low, obviously where the work was done. To be honest, i sleep horribly & once about 5 or 6am hits, thats my worst, and I assume as it's because I've been laying in bed for so many hours as well as my meds have worn off. Sometimes an ice gel pack really really helps. I thought the heating pad was, but definitely early in the morning, I'd suggest trying one of those reusable gel freeze packs. I have 2 kids 5 & 7 1/2 and thank God for my husband who has done so much in getting them around everywhere as well as TRY to keep up with laundry & dishes. My "grabber" is the world's best invention. I do find myself once in a rare while bending or twisting, and makes me mad thinking I'm just hurting myself. I'm anxious for my appt on Wednes to see what type of restrictions now, or what i can do. I have a brace which looks like a white corset I wear when I'm up & about. I've been actually doing my treadmill the last 2 weeks up to 30 mins, which is about 1 1/4 miles. I figure that has to help.
I'd appreciate anyone following up maybe on what to expect this next stage, 8 weeks out and anything to look out for ? I still havent driven.
Thanks & good luck everyone...feel free to write back.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
ALIF so not what I expected jkssaphire Back Problems 10 09-15-2009 03:37 PM
ALIF on March 10 UAVAV8R Back Problems 4 08-21-2009 09:44 AM
2.5 weeks after ALIF. Back pain horrible. Help! Becky2008 Back Problems 8 07-10-2009 07:35 AM
Arterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) mewcamaro Back Problems 10 05-15-2007 02:24 PM
ALIF Tuesday bailey07 Back Problems 15 03-26-2007 06:34 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Ibuprofen
Lyrica
Morphine
Neurontin
Oxycontin
  Percocet
Soma Tylenol
Valium
Vicodin




TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



teteri66 (1120), gmak (131), SweetPeainSF (78), maltluver (71), twohands (64), pebblebeach3 (63), cheryl1213 (51), Moldova (46), ibake&pray (41), workinmom572 (40)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1013), Apollo123 (909), Titchou (856), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (763), ladybud (755), midwest1 (670), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:37 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!