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Unread 01-15-2012, 05:33 PM
question about catheter

Hello Ladies,
Im booked in for my TAH on 20th January but would like to ask a few questions about a catheter, I have not had one before so a bit worried the nurses said while Im under the anaesthetic they will put a catheter inside me, I was wondering do they hurt , will I be able to feel it inside me and will it hurt when they remove it... I realise it might be the last thing I will think about when I wake up but I'd rather know everything about this op.

Amanda xx
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Unread 01-15-2012, 05:56 PM
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I knew I would have one in, but I didn't even notice it at all. I forgot about it until the nurse emptied it after a few hours. It just slides out very easily - no pain or discomfort.
Unread 01-15-2012, 06:08 PM
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Thankyou Carole thats put my mind at ease
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Unread 01-15-2012, 07:02 PM
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Hi Amanda.
I agree, you don't feel it - going in or going out.

Sometimes if you get an infection, they want to keep it in longer. If they don't you are fine.

Drink a lot before they remove the catheter. Only go home after they remove the catheter and you have peed.

Every now and then, there is blood in the catheter and this can mean an infection. They will try to figure out what meds to give you. When they change your catheter, be sure they have clean hands,

Good luck - it ought to gio smoothly
Unread 01-15-2012, 09:33 PM
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I have had a few catheters in the past and the only problem I have ever had is having minot issues peeing after they take it out. I really needed to, but it was almost like the urethra (sp) was swollen shut. After a couple hours it goes away and I'm going like a champ.
Don't sweat the small stuff, and this is one of those small thing.
Unread 01-15-2012, 10:57 PM
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Amanda, I had my surgery yesterday and I couldn't even feel the catheter. When they removed it I took a deep breath and I didn't feel anything. You will enjoy not having to get up to pee. You need llots of rest after surgery. Best wishes to you and good luck on your up coming surgery.
Unread 01-16-2012, 02:08 AM
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Thankyou everyone now I know its nothing to worry about I can put it to the back of my mind and get on with my op and recovery..

Amanda xxx
Unread 01-16-2012, 05:12 AM
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It's no problem at all, as others have said .
It is inserted while you are under the anesthetic so you don't feel it, and is also removed painlessly. You do feel it coming out but it is only a slightly weird momentary sensation.
Meanwhile - yes! you don't have to get up to pee and you so appreciate that!

I never had any trouble resuming peeing on my own, though it was slightly uncomfortable for a start. But I did have my cervix removed so it was a more general bladder discomfort.

Good luck - not long now! You will be so glad to have this behind you.
Unread 01-16-2012, 10:37 AM
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Thankyou for replying to my questions ,

Im not worrying at all about having the catheter removed just wondering though , while its inside me and I need a wee do I still get the sensation telling me I need a wee or does it just do it without me knowing ...

I know because Im having my op by TAH I wont be worrying about silly things like the catheter because I will be given morphine to help with my pains ect . ( I suffer from Fibromyalgia, cfs and slipped disc with Osteoarthritis so already taking morphine everyday ) but I always like to get everything straight in my head before I get into the hospital..

Thankyou again, I only have a few days left to get house ready and buy food in to keep my three children fed and my animals

Im all packed , waiting is the worst thing about this op , I can't wait to get the op over with and start recovery and then a life with no pains in my stomach all the time and no more heavy bleeding that stops me from going out..

Gentle Hugs
Amanda xx
Unread 01-16-2012, 12:05 PM
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The cath removes the urine as it as produced. So you don't feel the need to go. good luck!

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