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Unread 08-30-2011, 02:09 PM
Catheter removal hurt?

Just had my pre op exam and paperwork all done. Found out I'll be having a catheter. Never had one before. Does it hurt to have it removed the next day?
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Unread 08-30-2011, 02:18 PM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

No, it doesn't hurt. I had mine taken out about 6 hours after my surgery. It's not painful; but it is an unusual feeling, albeit for a moment. It only takes like 2 seconds so it's not a big deal.

It was weirder when I was walking around with it--it would move a little and that was a weird feeling. Again, not painful at all. I had never had one prior to my surgery either, and dreaded it most. But it really was not a big deal. Actually, you may find that you are very thankful it's there for you!
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Unread 08-30-2011, 02:22 PM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

Hi there, I was terrified at the thought of the catheter too, but my admitting nurse explained everything & put me at ease. The catheter is held in place with like a 'bubble' of fluid which is syringed into the external layer of the very thin tubing. This 'bubble' of fluid is syringed out of the tubing, which releases the resistance and the catheter slips out quite easily. I had mine removed the next morning, it was a slightly weird feeling, but did not hurt. Take care & look after yourself.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 03:00 PM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

Mine was removed the day after and it did not hurt at all. In fact, I have had 5 surgeries where I had to have a cath and none of them hurt on removal.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 03:26 PM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

Thanks everyone. I was hoping it would just be a weird feeling.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 04:25 PM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

Hi, I never had one either it does NOT hurt at all, just feels like they are pulling something out but no pain.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 09:07 PM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

Hi there. My understanding is that it is way more uncomfortable going in than coming out! A lot of docs will put them in while you're under, though, and in that case you won't feel a thing.

Best wishes!
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Unread 08-31-2011, 12:13 AM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

I had one with my lap back in Dec. It wasn't that bad at all. And when I couldn't pee they had to put a new one back in. It scared me tons as I was awake and alert. It really wasn't that bad.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 05:45 PM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

I was a bit freaked when I got back to my room and I still had the cath in. Well, when all was said and done, I was thankful it stayed in until the next morning, because then I didn't have to worry about heading to the bathroom during the night. It never bothered me while it was in and didn't hurt one bit when it was removed.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 07:11 PM
Re: Catheter removal hurt?

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Originally Posted by Number8 View Post
Just had my pre op exam and paperwork all done. Found out I'll be having a catheter. Never had one before. Does it hurt to have it removed the next day?
Didn't hurt AT ALL, it felt like something slimey coming out.

Good luck!!
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