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Unread 09-02-2005, 11:40 AM

How soon do they take the catheter out? I remember after C sections It didn't come out for 24 hrs. but that always killed me because the sooner I can get out of bed the better. After 24hrs I was always very stiff and the gas wasn't to great either.

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Unread 09-02-2005, 11:48 AM

I had mine for 4 days (was in hospital 8 days). I had an epidural for pain relief straight after the op and it was a bit too effective because I could stand but couldn't lift my feet off the floor. I think they can take the catheter away when you can get up and walk to the loo yourself - unless you have some other problems.
Unread 09-02-2005, 12:11 PM

I agree with Omni. They will keep the cath in place until you can get up safely and urinate on your own. Some people have the cath for the entire stay and go home with one due to other repairs or complications. I had the cath at the castle for 2 days and then for a weeks after that because I had bladder damage and the bladder had to have a chance to heal. It seemed horrible at the time, but now after 4 weeks, it's a distant memory and not really all that bad.
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Unread 09-02-2005, 01:02 PM

I've read that the catheter is removed at day 2 or any time thereafter. It all depends on your situation, like the others have stated. With having a TVH, it may be a little sooner than the other types of surgery will allow-though, I'm not positive on that.

Hope this helps a bit.
Unread 09-02-2005, 02:24 PM

I had a TAH/BSO on Monday and the catheter was removed on Tuesday morning. They did moniter my urine for all of Tuesday (you have to pee into a hat they place in the toilet). They said that if I was not urinating enough they would have to reinsert the catheter. I was drinking like you would not believe because that was not going back inside of me. It wasn't painful but you always knew that it was there.

Good luck!
Unread 09-02-2005, 02:49 PM

i had my tah on thursday and they took mine out on friday evening.
Unread 09-02-2005, 02:49 PM

Same as above for me too. Had TAH/BSO and it was removed morning after surgery. I was asleep when it was inserted but didn't feel too much when it was removed.
Unread 09-02-2005, 03:58 PM

Yup. Same. I had surgery on a Thursday and my catheter was removed on Friday. It didn't hurt or bother me, and removing it was painless. They monitored my urine out-put for most of the day, then stopped, convinced that I was fine. No problems.
Unread 09-02-2005, 07:30 PM

Hi, they took my cath out 24 hours later. Good Luck
Unread 09-02-2005, 09:05 PM

I hate catheters and was very anxious about it. They put it in when I was already asleep and I didn't even feel it the whole time it was in. They took it out the next morning and it didn't hurt. I had to pee in something they put in the toilet the whole time I was there. Chances are you won't even feel it too much, and you won't really care about it.

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