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...all about THE Catheter! ...all about THE Catheter!

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Unread 10-27-2011, 11:28 PM
...all about THE Catheter!

.....one week from surgery, and I am thinking a lot about that dreaded catheter!

For those of us who haven't experienced it yet, can you please share all of the good/bad and ugly about the catheter?

Does it take the urine from your bladder, without you having to do anything?

How do they remove it?
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Unread 10-27-2011, 11:37 PM
Re: ...all about THE Catheter!

Hi Grace,

I have had a catheter 2 times, both times they were inserted during surgery. It is a small tube inserted into your urethra, with it in place you do not have to do anything to relieve yourself. Even though both times I still felt the urge to go. Taking it out, for me wasn't a big deal, a deep breath and a weird sensation later and it was over. Taking a bandaid off is way worse for me. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. You'll be fine.
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Unread 10-28-2011, 02:12 AM
Re: ...all about THE Catheter!

I went home with a catheter in place after my hysterectomy. I had too much swelling to be able to urinate on my own, and the catheter gave the swelling time to go down while allowing for a way for the urine to leave my body. It did not hurt - a properly placed catheter should not be painful - and I appreciated it at night because it allowed me to sleep through the night for the first time in years.

A week later, I removed the catheter myself - the nurses at the hospital had shown me how. Basically removing it involves 'deflating' the bulb that holds the catheter inside the bladder, and then just gently pulling it out since at that point it's just a thin tube. Normally when the nurses at the hospital remove a catheter they tell you to take a deep breath and blow it out quickly; they pull out the catheter at that same moment and you really don't feel much of anything.

Good luck with your surgery!

s,
-Linda
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Unread 10-28-2011, 05:38 AM
Re: ...all about THE Catheter!

My experience was like the others - nothing to worry about at all!

Have only had this one experience with my TAH op. Inserted during surgery.
I had no urge to pee or any "feeling" that the catheter was in - it just drained the urine and was checked by a nurse from time to time to see that it was draining OK, and to empty the bag. I had the catheter for about a day and a half. Absolutely no big deal, and you don't have to get out of bed, so it was a blessing right after the op. Slept all night!
It was removed by a nurse as I was having my first shower - I felt a small sensation - not painful - and that was that!
I had no problem urinating on my own - just the discomfort from the vaginal cuff wound near the bladder, I guess.

And like others find, it was hard to completely empty my bladder for a while. The answer to that was to stand up over the toilet, sit down again and finish emptying my bladder.
You have nothing to worry about, IMO!
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Unread 10-29-2011, 01:17 AM
Re: ...all about THE Catheter!

I agree that you have nothing to worry about.

I had my catheter inserted during my surgery and then removed the following morning. The removal was not painful. I then had to have a catheter reinserted a couple of hours later because I couldn't pee. That wasn't painful, either.
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Unread 10-29-2011, 02:47 AM
Re: ...all about THE Catheter!

I wonder the same as GraceAlone ...

when you say they removed it the following morning; how?

acey someone was in the shower with you???
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Unread 10-29-2011, 03:34 AM
Re: ...all about THE Catheter!

Surferbabe explained the procedure well, so I quote her!

"Basically removing it involves 'deflating' the bulb that holds the catheter inside the bladder, and then just gently pulling it out since at that point it's just a thin tube. Normally when the nurses at the hospital remove a catheter they tell you to take a deep breath and blow it out quickly; they pull out the catheter at that same moment and you really don't feel much of anything".

Yes- for my first shower, I was still attached to the catheter and even the PDA pump (if I remember rightly!!) and the nurse came into the walk-in shower (adjoining my single room) with me just long enough to sort me out, get the water running for me, put down the folding seat for me, show me the buzzer to push if I needed help.... and then pop out the catheter!
She didn't stay for the shower!
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Unread 10-29-2011, 01:04 PM
Re: ...all about THE Catheter!

I had my removed the next day....
I had a lot of bladder pain due to reconstruction of it so the catheter was causing me a little more pain. I was so happy to have it out. I forced myself to drink a lot (even with nausea) and get to just the right pee mark for it not to be reinserted.
Now I have had them 3 times in the past with no pain and no issues of removal.... so this time was rare.
Good luck...
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Unread 10-29-2011, 07:24 PM
Re: ...all about THE Catheter!

I had a Davinci hysterectomy on 9-20-11 and the catheter was removed before I woke up in the recovery room. The nurse told me that if I did not urinate within 8 hours they would reinsert it. I was bound and determined to pee on my own! After about 2 hours of being awake some urine came (very small amount and felt weird "voiding"), but each time I went it got better and I had more urine output. Best of luck to you on your surgery!
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