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Unread 01-04-2008, 12:51 PM
Bladder damage during surgery

Did anyone have any bladder damage done during surgery? I have had a problem post op with fluid accumulation. I have had to go into the doctor to have a needle put in my stomach to drain fluid. My doctor thinks it might be a problem with my bladder, so today he put in a catheter. I have to wear this for up to ten days to see if they fluid comes back into my abdomen. Anybody with similar problem? Very frustrating.
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Unread 01-04-2008, 05:01 PM
Bladder damage during surgery

Well, I was retaining urine post op so I had to have a catheter at home also. Then I also had fluid in my abdomen becasue of a post op infection although I didn't have it drained.

I know these things are awful, but all too soon they are behind you!

Unread 01-04-2008, 05:27 PM
Bladder damage during surgery

How long did you have to have the catheter in at home? If you didn't have the fluid drained, did it just go away on it 's own over time? Thanks for your responses.
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Unread 01-04-2008, 05:48 PM
Bladder damage during surgery

I had the cath for about the same amount of time you will. It wasn't fun - but it wasn't as bad as I thought when they told me either. I learned to tolerate it. Also, once they took it out - I was so afraid to not have it as my bladder still felt so bad. I swear my poor Dr had to pracitcally hold my hand through those first few days on my own, but he was right my bladder did start working again. It took time though and now at 8 weeks it feels almost but not quite normal.

I had 2 CT scans. The first showed a vaginal cuff infection and fluid in my abdomen. The second 10 days later (I was on STRONG antibiotics) showed that things were looking better but not resolved yet. The fluid was still there but the amount was less so yes I guess it did start to absorb. I am supposed to have another CT scan around the 25th of January (6 weeks) to check the current situation, but I am feeling so well now that I may just skip it. I think at this point my guts will be glow in the dark forever!! (I had several other CT and MRI scans over the past year for a different issue)

Hang in there,

Unread 01-04-2008, 06:25 PM
Bladder damage during surgery

Wendle, my bladder was perforated during my surgery, so I had to keep my cath in for a full 2 weeks post-op. It was a hassle, but not painful. Just a pain to have to swap out the day time cath & the industrial sized night one. My bladder isn't in any pain now (4 weeks post-op), but I still have minor leakage issues. I just saw the urologist yesterday and he said it can take 2-3 months to fully heal. Good luck to you.

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