HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy
SHARING IS CARING
Self-Catheterization after Hysterectomy
From the Pelvic Floor Articles List
I recently had pelvic floor surgery and was sent home with a catheter. I'm now learning how to manage using it. Any pointers?
Catheters come in many different kinds and sizes, but your doctor should have prescribed one that will work best for you. Be sure and call your doctor's office to ask any questions you may have about the catheter or catheterizing yourself. You can buy catheters at a medical supply store. You will need plastic bags, KY Jelly (or equivalent but not petroleum jelly).
Find out from the doctor how often you should catheterize yourself. Typically this is several times a day to six times a day. Always start your day by emptying your bladder and always while sitting on the toilet. Your doctor or nurse should show you how to do this.
From the National Institute of Health (NIH) these instructions may be helpful.
Follow these steps to insert your catheter:
- Wash your hands well with soap and water.
- You may use disposable gloves, if you prefer not to use your bare hands. The gloves do not need to be sterile, just clean.
- Gently pull the labia open, and find the urinary opening. You can use a mirror to help you at first.
- Wash your labia 3 times, using a fresh antiseptic towelette or baby wipe each time. Or, you may use cotton balls with mild soap and water. Rinse well and dry if you use soap and water.
- Wash the labia from front to back, up and down the middle, and on both sides.
- Get your container ready, or sit on the toilet.
- Apply the K-Y Jelly or other gel to the tip and top 2 inches of the catheter. (Some catheters come with gel already on them.)
- Gently slide the catheter up into your urethra until urine starts to flow. Do not force the catheter. Start over if it is not going in well. Try to relax and breathe deeply.
- Let the urine flow into the toilet or container. Bear down 1 or 2 times to empty all the urine from your bladder.
- When urine stops flowing, slowly remove the catheter. Pinch the end closed to avoid getting wet.
- Wipe around your urinary opening and labia again with a towelette, baby wipe, or cotton ball.
- If you are using a container to collect urine, empty it into the toilet. Always close the toilet lid before flushing to prevent germs from spreading.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
Be sure and wash your catheter every day.
This content was written by a member of HysterSisters.com as a non-medical professional based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
06-13-2011 - 09:29 PM
SHARING IS CARING
Do you have a question?
If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!
Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery
Mesh panties are stretchy and light - perfect for holding peri pads securely during hysterectomy recovery. [...More]
Post-operative compression panty with medical grade silicone to speed hysterectomy recovery + reduce scarring. [...More]
Softest Bra Ever
When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. Two in a value pack for your hysterectomy recovery. [...More]
Options to Hysterectomy
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Fitness after Hysterectomy
Grief and Loss
Ask A Doctor
Find a Surgeon
|Arnold Advincula, M.D.
Columbia Ob/Gyn Midtown
51 West 51st St, 3rd FL
New York NY 10019
|Kym Boyman, M.D.
1775 Williston Rd., Ste. 110
South Burlington VT 05403
|Tamer Seckin, M.D.
872 FIFTH AVE
NEW YORK NY 10065
|Aileen Caceres, M.D.
Center for Specialized Gynecology/Florida Hospital
410 Celebration Place, Suite 302
Celebration FL 34747
|Jennifer Hayes, M.D.
Visionary Centre for Women
2695 Ulmerton Rd
Clearwater FL 33762
|Charles Miller, M.D.
120 Osler Drive
Naperville IL 60540
|Nathan Mordel, M.D.
105 Collier Road Suite 1010
Atlanta GA 30309
|Nonnie-Marie Estella, M.D.
10 Research Place
North Chelmsford MA 01863
|Tiffany Jackson, M.D.
601 Clara Barton, Suite 160
Garland TX 75042