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green m&m
10-10-2014, 12:43 PM
Hey all

I'm almost 4 weeks post-op and was curious on hearing other's experience on how long it took for post op swelling/bloating to go down.

I'm all swollen/bloated in my mid section. None of my cloths fit well. I had to loop elastic through my button hole in my 'fat jeans' to fit in to it. I ordered few articles of clothing that hopefully will fit better but I'm hoping the swelling goes down soon...

10-10-2014, 12:49 PM
Hi green! It took a really long time (6 weeks or more) for the swelling to go down for me so don't be alarmed. I actually think it wasn't till I had really cut down on my narcotics. But I also heard the anesthesia takes a long time to get out of your system.

10-10-2014, 10:33 PM
Are you just swollen or have an abdominal pain too?

green m&m
10-11-2014, 01:24 PM
No abdominal pain. Just feel swollen and puffy

10-11-2014, 04:23 PM

Swelling is really common. Sometimes, it takes way longer than other times, and I don't have a clue why there's such a difference.

Did you have an ALIF?


green m&m
10-12-2014, 04:35 PM
Just posterior, no ALIF

10-12-2014, 07:00 PM
Hang in there. It should resolve. One caveat... some people report that their new lordotic curve actually makes their tummy more prominent.