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Unread 12-15-2007, 03:32 PM
Catheter removal

I'm really excited, yet nervous to finally get my catheter removed on the 19th. At that point, I will have had it for 2 weeks. I'm nervous because I fear it may be very painful to have it removed after it's been in place for so long. I've had a catheter before, but only for 1-2 days. Has anyone else had one in for an extended period of time? How painful is it to have it removed?
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Unread 12-15-2007, 04:59 PM
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I've had a catheter in for two least four times. It was not painful to have it removed. It was more of a discomforter for about two seconds....but what a thrill to have it out!
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Unread 12-15-2007, 05:12 PM
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ptea, thanks for the info. I feel a lot better now.
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Unread 12-15-2007, 06:04 PM
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I had mine for 10 days due to bladder injury(they cut my bladder while cutting the cervix away from the bladder and had to repair it) it didn't hurt at all, it was more of a relief. Why did you have yours in for so long?
Unread 12-15-2007, 06:24 PM
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I had mine in for a week. I cut the cord myself the morning before my 1 week checkup. It felt great to have it out. Going to the restroom felt a little strange at first, but I'm sure all will go well for you!
Unread 12-15-2007, 07:13 PM
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Cradleloss, the assisting doc perforated my bladder while trying to install the bladder sling. My doc explained that in order to repair the bladder, the urologist had to open it up completely & then suture it. I appreciate the feedback. Now I won't worry so much about the removal process. Thanks.
Unread 12-16-2007, 12:58 PM
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Since I had a radical hysterectomy, I had a catheter in for 4 weeks. The night before a friend (male) told me how much it hurt to get it removed. Well, it must be a guy thing as it didn't hurt, just a very slight burning pinch that only lasted a second or so. Nothing compared to what I had already been through. The worst part was waiting around to go pee as it took forever! I was afraid they were going to have to put it back in. But I finally was able to go and I was sooooo happy not to have to carry "the bag" around any more!

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Unread 12-16-2007, 03:13 PM
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24Nascarfan, thanks for the input. I was so worried that somehow there would be adhesions or it would otherwise get stuck in there & be painful to remove. I also heard from male friends how bad it would hurt, which is what made me worry in the first place. Thanks for the reassurance.
Unread 12-17-2007, 04:38 PM
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I had a 'sling' on my bladder to cure my post-pregnancy incontinence 7 years ago. When the catheter was removed the day after surgery, I was unable to urinate even one drop, and the catheter had to be put back in and I left the hospital with it. I had a catheter for 3 weeks following that surgery, with several attempts at removal along the way, and each time I was unable to urinate. I really thought that I was permanently damaged from that surgery, but thankfully everything turned out OK. After the final removal, I had a great deal of trouble urinating, and the doctor had suggested that I fill my tub with warm water and sit in the tub and urinate into the water. I know this sounds gross and unsanitary, but this is what finally worked for me.

Don't be discouraged, as this will surely pass. Also, the cather removal didn't hurt at all. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing.
Unread 12-17-2007, 05:16 PM
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First off all, look how far a tube has to go to reach the bladder on a male. Besides, men are babies!!! ha ha ha....

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