I've never had a catheter. Does it hurt to have it put in?
When I had my outpatient ablation in March, since I wasn't permitted liquids, they had a heck of a time getting an IV started. I had so many bruises on both arms from the nurses slapping my arms to see if vein would pop up, plus having to reinsert the iv needle.
I'm worried about the IV thing again, and now I'm concerned about the catheter.
Chances are you will already be asleep when you get your catheter. I had mine removed the next day, then had it reinserted as I couldn't pee. I really didn't feel it then. When they remove your catheter, take a deep breath and breath out as they remove it. Voila-it's out! No pain! If you are really worried about the IV, remind them of what happened in March, and let the Anethesiologist (SP?) put it in. Stay really, really hydrated the week before surgery, and drink something like Gatorade the day before. All of these little things freak us out as we wait. Try not to worry too much. The waiting is the hardest part. Good luck!
Yes it is a bit uncomfortable when the nurse inserts a catheter into you urethra....however if this is done for you surgery you will already be under...
When they remove it however it is quite painful..............for me it was like a spasm inside me.....very painful but went away after a couple hours...I would suggest cranberry pills before and after every day of you you surgery....miracle really those pills......try it....but dont worry much about your catheter - least of your worries now
Hello, my catheter was put in after I was put out. I can relate about the IV as they had to get two people to get mine in..very painful and very stressful! When it came time for them to take out my catheter, I was very afraid that it was going to be painful, I stressed really bad and asked the nurse if it was going to hurt, she then looked at me and asked me if it did, because it was already out.. evidentally there is a trick about the balloon or something ( aske the dr at your preop appt ) Good luck, and try to relax, the waiting is the worst part, but you will be fine!!
I have had catheters inserted whilst awake and always found it painful. Now I always ask that it is put in after I am under just to be sure. As for taking it out, it is done so quickly I barely feel it.
I had my catheter put in when I was under the anesthesia. Just had my catheter out yesterday, and it kind of felt like a dry tampon being pulled out, not really painful but uncomfortable. They gave me an injection of lidocaine before my IV was put in and that really helped.