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Done lumbar laminectomy. Swollen stomach, pain. Normal to have enlarged prostate after surgery?

After my husband had a lumbar laminectomy due to severe pain in back and leg - he had Ileus - kept in the hospital a few days longer - came home with his stomach still swollen and extreme pain in his stomach area. Went back to doc and emergency after being home 8 days and not getting better (couldn t eat, drink, lost 25 lbs) In emergency inserted catheter and sent him home with that and a prescription for flomax. Is it normal to go into surgery without an enlarged prostate and to come out with an enlarged prostate???
Asked On : Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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The age of your husband is very important. Enlarged prostate may come after the age of 50 and never exhibits all of a sudden. it is a slow process which could be suspected either by urgency of urination or delayed urination.
USG of abdomen Pre operatively will reveal the degree of enlarged prostate. Moreover as per your statement nobody has told that your husband is having EP now. It seems that your husband has developed paralytic ileus post operatively which is more common in intra abdominal surgery.
There are medical treatment for paralytic ileus. somtimes he may be put on IV fluids avoiding per oral.
But the treatment he is getting now and the complaints you say go in favor of EP.
Consult your doctor for proper advise and plan further management.
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Answered: Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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