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What Causes Persistent Constipation Post A Spinal Surgery?

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Posted on Wed, 25 Oct 2017
Question: My husband 58 yrs old is having severe pain on the lower right front side of his body.
He has had hernia surgery years ago. He has had spinal surgery in May 2017.

He has been constipated for 3-4 days.
He has taken stool softener so and a pain pill
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Rush to ER

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I am suspecting an intra abdomen problem like Volvolus or obstruction.
Severe pain is experienced coupled with constipation should always be investigated immediately.
He may need to get Ultrasound scan of abdomen along with medicines to ease off the pain.
Please do not delay if it is obstruction or intussuception you can save his bowel.

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Brief Answer: Rush to ER Detailed Answer: Hi, I am suspecting an intra abdomen problem like Volvolus or obstruction. Severe pain is experienced coupled with constipation should always be investigated immediately. He may need to get Ultrasound scan of abdomen along with medicines to ease off the pain. Please do not delay if it is obstruction or intussuception you can save his bowel.