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Unread 03-18-2012, 04:56 PM

I am having surgery Thursday they are doing the bikini cut on me and was wondering after surgery do they leave the catheter in for a day or two and can you request them not to. I have had a catheter in on surgery before and I felt awful and do not want to worse than I already do.
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Unread 03-18-2012, 06:55 PM
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I can only tell you about what happened to me. I had a TAH BSO (6 inch vertical incision) and had a catheter in when I woke up. It was left in for about 24 hours. I had an epidural with my general anesthetic, so I was not going to get up and use the bathroom.

You can talk to your doctor and ask them. There may be certain levels of urine production that they want, or other medical reasons they have to leave it in.

Good luck to you during your surgery. We will be waiting for you on the other side.

Unread 03-18-2012, 08:29 PM
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I had DvH on Wednesday, surgery @ 7:30am they took the catheter out Thursday @ 3:00 am. I agree it's uncomfortable, hard to get any sleep with it in much less take a walk.
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Unread 03-18-2012, 09:19 PM
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I had a (botched) LSH, so not the same kind of surgery, but I found out early on that getting the nurses on your side is the best way to get things out earlier than scheduled. I nicely started telling them that the catheter was bugging me as soon as I landed in the room, and they told me I was scheduled to have it out the next morning at 11. I kept telling them that I could get up and walk, and they set a series of small goals telling me if I passed them that they would try to get it out that night. Not only did I get my catheter out that evening at 6:30, I didn't even have to go for a walk first, because the nurse said she could tell by the attitude I had there was no way I wasn't getting up and walking. All 3 of the nurses I had said a patient's attitude was everything, and that was a more reliable indicator of what someone would be capable of than anything.
Unread 03-18-2012, 10:11 PM
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That is interesting and helpful. There was another thread about this, and someone was able to request that it be taken out before she woke up again, and they did. I can't recall which type it was (lap or abdom.). I mentioned that to my nurse friend and said I was going to do the same thing, and she mentioned that if I couldn't go for any reason, they would put it back in! I've never had in one in while awake before, so not excited about it, but not sure what I'm going to do now. I can't imagine having them put it back in! Good luck. If it makes you feel any better, this is one area where men *do* have it worse. Since their body parts moves around a lot, so does the catheter, and apparently it's pretty uncomfortable. If it really bothers you, and they won't take it out, have a good sneeze, and it'll probably go flying!
Unread 03-18-2012, 11:17 PM
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I was really concerned about the catheter. They put it in after I was asleep. It really didn't bother me, and they took it out early the next morning and I started walking and peeing. No infection, no nothing. But, I also could not imagine having one put in while awake. Yikes!
Unread 03-18-2012, 11:24 PM
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I had one put in while I was awake, not fun. Ask that they put it in while you are asleep. Coming out wasn't nearly as bad! Just a bit uncomfortable but once it was out the pain was gone. Best of luck to you!!!
Unread 03-19-2012, 10:21 AM
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I've had a it put in while awake for bladder meds years's really not as bad as you might think. It wasn't painful. Alittle uncomfortable at first but nothing unbearable.

I enjoyed it after my Sub Total Abdominal surgery. It allowed me to get much needed rest ! I sat up the same night after my surgery and walked around the foot of the bed, just to re-position and get comfortable. It was an acquard feeling having the tube across my legs but it really did give me rest time. It was taken out around lunch the day after my surgery. I felt that with it, it was one less thing I had to worry about.
Unread 03-19-2012, 10:36 AM
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Thanks for your input. I have never had a catheter before I have no idea what to expect. My surgery is Thursday. I hope I am so drowsy that I will sleep and not know I even have one. I am really getting nervous. So much to try to comprehend but I know I am in good hands. Thanks for your support.
Unread 03-19-2012, 10:43 AM
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I had it put in while asleep and taken out before I woke. Good luck and speedy recovery

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