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Unread 04-17-2012, 04:19 PM
Re: Catheter

I too am worried about having a catheter. Ive never had one and when it dawned on me that I would have one during surgery I almost freaked. My sis-in-law works in a urologists office and she has assured me that there's nothing to it. And from the sound of things she seems to be right.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 10:11 PM
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I've had a catheter with my childbirths and other surgeries, so I'm not worried about having one this time. But this thread has made me realize I need to ask how long it will be in. I prefer to have it in for at least several hours after surgery, because I HATE using a bedpan, and while I want to be up as soon as possible, I don't want it to be because I have to pee.
Unread 04-18-2012, 04:33 AM
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For me the catheter was what seemed to cause most of my discomfort after surgery. I had an overwhelming feeling that I had to pee. It wasn't painful, just kind of a pressure. They removed it the following morning. Even though it was uncomfortable at first, the pressure fades and I am very happy I did have it in because for the first night I didn't have to get up or use a bed pan. As a matter of a fact when they removed it I was kind of hoping at that point they would leave it in a little while longer so that I wouldn't have to worry about using the bathroom for a little while yet.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 10:28 AM
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It's funny that we are having major surgery and we all worry about the catheter. Mine went while I was out. I didn't even know I had one in until my nurse did a wound/pad check. It caused me zero trouble and I was glad I didn't have to get up to pee for the first few hours. I started walking the halls in the middle of the night carry the bag like some crazy purse and had the catheter out before shift change. It was a piece of cake and I peed right away. I'm glad I had it in all in all. Good luck to you.
Unread 04-19-2012, 03:22 PM
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I also had the DaVinci procedure 6 week ago and that was the first time I had a catheter in… You will get the feeling like you have to go the bathroom but as fast as it comes is as fast as the feeling goes away…. My worry was the removal of it; I didn’t feel a thing when it was removed the next day….
Unread 04-19-2012, 10:56 PM
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I was really worried about the catheter, too!

Mine was put in while I was under. In the recovery room, I kept asking the nurse if he was sure I had a catheter, because I felt like I had to pee. he said that feeling was irritation from the catheter, and it would go away. It did.

My doctor wanted the catheter removed about 5 hours after my surgery ended, but the nurses left it in for an extra hour. They seemed very surprised that my doctor wanted it removed so soon. I asked if it would hurt when the nurse took it out, and she said "probably a little." It didn't hurt at all! I walked to the bathroom and peed on my own an hour or so later.

Remember, you will be given loads of IV fluids. I was also tremendously thirsty after surgery. My urine bag was emptied every hour! (Apparently, my kidneys are in excellent shape.) You may want to reconsider having the catheter removed immediately after your surgery. You will be on a bedpan or in the bathroom VERY frequently!

Best wishes!
Unread 04-19-2012, 11:10 PM
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I have had surgery requiring catheter and also a surgery without one that required me attempting to use a bedpan. The one I had to try to use the bedpan...I couldn't and it was the most miserable I think I have ever been...I literally thought my bladder was going to burst!

As far as the times I had a catheter I cannot remember any pain only slight pressure and no issue as far as the removal.
Unread 04-19-2012, 11:50 PM
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Of all the things I was worried about prior to surgery a catheter never crossed my mind. I do agree with a previous poster that the sensation faded and I was very glad to have it in. Using a bedpan is difficult and uncomfortable and I couldn't imagine getting up once let a lone a few times the night after surgery.

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