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  #11  
Unread 03-19-2012, 11:01 AM
Re: catheter

Had I not seen the catheter, I would never have known it was there. As far as walking goes, I carried it like some kind of crazy purse : ) I'm glad I had it in because I wasn't interested in getting out of bed for the first few hours. I did my first lap at about 10:30pm and had no discomfort at all. It came out about 6am also withou pain/discomfort. It was placed after I was out, so I don't know how feels going in. I'm sure I it's uncomfortable for a bit. My surgery was a da Vinci and I was very happy with the catheter; if I was having a TAH, I want one for sure. It would give me a bit of rest before having to start the work of recovery. Good luck to you.
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  #12  
Unread 03-19-2012, 01:55 PM
Re: catheter

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Originally Posted by wykons View Post
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.
You will thank them if they keep it in so you don't have to get up out of bed and go to the bathroom yourself!
  #13  
Unread 03-19-2012, 05:06 PM
Re: catheter

I had a DvH 3-14 and was outputting so much urine I asked to take it out. It was uncomfortable I felt like I had to pee constantly there was urine backed up in the tube. I got to my room at noon slept until 3 and they took it out at 6. I was worried about so much urine but they said keep it coming. Definately think it was due to iv fluids but also all the water I drank during bowel prep day before. I know abdominal hyst is much more pain than DvH and you may not want to get out of bed too soon! Good luck OX
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  #14  
Unread 03-20-2012, 01:29 AM
Re: catheter

I had my catheter put in during surgery and they took it out the following day. However, they had to put it back in since I wasn't able to go on my own. They re-inserted it when I was awake and it didn't bother me at all. I didn't feel it going in or coming out at all.
  #15  
Unread 03-20-2012, 02:21 AM
Re: catheter

They put mine in when I was asleep and took it out 24 hours after surgery. I never even felt it in me. I do know there was no way I was going to be able to get up, urinate easily in the first 24 hours after surgery. I was happy to have it in. When they took it out, I felt a slight tug and that was it. No infections, no problems. Have a great surgery and speedy recovery!
  #16  
Unread 03-20-2012, 06:39 AM
Re: catheter

I was freaking about the catheter too. I had four c sections, and they put them in when you are awake in the pre-op room. For me, going in was awful. But for my hysterectomy, they put it in while i was asleep (thank you)., and I woke up with it. I had surgery at noon, and they removed it about 7 am after I saw my doctor. They didn't expect it, but I had to pee almost immediately, and pee I did! It was nothing to come out. They have you take a deep breath in, and when you blow it out there is a little tug and they remove it. Afterwards I thought I was silly for being all worried about the catheter, but wasn't worried about being put under. You will do great!
  #17  
Unread 03-20-2012, 07:49 AM
Re: catheter

Bless you all for sharing your perspective on this subject. It means alot getting this info and knowing my concerns are shared and the answers are from those who really know.
  #18  
Unread 03-20-2012, 09:19 AM
Re: catheter

My doctor usually has an order to leave the catheter in between 12 to 24 hours post surgery depending on how complicated the surgery was. She wants to give the bladder plenty of time to wake up before making it work on its own.

If you've had problems with a catheter in the past, then request a latex free one. Catheters should not be painful or cause problems. I have a latex allergy and they missed it on my chart and put in a latex catheter once and it burned and hurt so bad. When they caught their mistake and switched it out for a latex free one I had no discomfort at all, it was lovely.
  #19  
Unread 03-20-2012, 09:36 AM
Re: catheter

I haven't has time to read all of the posts but I will say this.

I had TAH around 1:30 in the afternoon and the cath was out by mid morning the next day. Now, mine didn't bother me.

Remember, after having a TAH, you will be very drugged up. You will sleep a lot for at least 12-24 hours. I had morphine several times (knocked me out), demerol a couple times and then, the next day, they started me on percocet. There will be pain but it will be managed by meds.

Believe me, you will not be able to get up to go to the bathroom right after a TAH. You probably will be knocked out. I was glad I was. So, there is a need for that cath. Plus, it gives the nurses a visual look at the urine to make sure you aren't passing any blood.

After awaking from a TAH, the cath is going to be the last thing you will be worrying about.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 11:13 AM
Re: catheter

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Originally Posted by Abagayle View Post
My doctor usually has an order to leave the catheter in between 12 to 24 hours post surgery depending on how complicated the surgery was. She wants to give the bladder plenty of time to wake up before making it work on its own.

If you've had problems with a catheter in the past, then request a latex free one. Catheters should not be painful or cause problems. I have a latex allergy and they missed it on my chart and put in a latex catheter once and it burned and hurt so bad. When they caught their mistake and switched it out for a latex free one I had no discomfort at all, it was lovely.
I agree with the Dr. Order ... because when you are put to sleep so are your organs. So they too need time to come around.
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