Prevention of Paralytic Ileus Utilizing Alvimopan Following
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Postoperative ileus affects a substantial proportion of patients undergoing elective spine surgery, especially in cases of spinal deformity correction and where an anterior lumbar approach is utilized. Though the first line of treatment for postoperative ileus is conservative management, recent advances in pharmacology have yielded promising options for both treatment and prevention. We report a case of a patient who underwent a two-stage posterior spinal fusion. The patient suffered with a severe, prolonged ileus after her initial surgery.

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