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Unread 01-15-2003, 08:17 PM

I am concerned about the whole catheter thing. I had a catheter in once before for about an hour or two and the whole time it was in I felt like I had to pee really bad. Also, it really hurt when the nurse took it out (perhaps it was too big and she was not gentle). Urinating afterwards was painful for a few days (not just the first time after it coming out). Since I will have one during/after the hyster, will I eventually get used to it and stop feeling like I have to pee constantly?
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Unread 01-15-2003, 08:26 PM

Hi there

Obviously I can only tell you my experience, which was that I never really felt like I needed to go at all. And I didn't even feel it when they removed it (same experience with 2 different surgeries). I hope your nurse is a little more gentle this time!

Unread 01-15-2003, 08:39 PM

The catheter was one of those things that I too fretted about prior to my surgery. I'd never had one before and it just worried me.
Well, I woke up in recovery, was moved to my room. This was all at about 1:00 in the afternoon. Around 8:30 that night, the nurse came in and wanted to know if I felt like trying to sit up and maybe stand some. I knew I needed to do this so I said, yes, let's do it. Well, that was when I remembered that I had the catheter in. We had to hook it to my I.V. pole before I stood up. That's how much it had bothered me until then. They left mine in for the entire first night. It was sort of nice actually. I wasn't uncomfortable with it and I didn't have to get up and go to the bathroom in the night. I even took it with me on the walk the first night, down the hall and then back to my room.
The next morning it came out. The nurse told me to relax as she removed it. I felt it some, but no discomfort. Now, actually had to get up and go to the bathroom. Around 2:30 a.m. I really missed having it as I had to call the nurse so I could use the bathroom. I had the leg pressure bandages on and I couldn't get them off by myself.
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Unread 01-15-2003, 09:37 PM

I didn’t even notice the catheter and when the nurse took it out the next morning, I didn’t feel a thing. I was really anxious and a little embarrassed when I didn’t even fell it. Later that afternoon when I had to try to get up to go to the bathroom, I really missed it! I had such dry mouth I kept drinking water and I had to get up every 15 –20 minutes. Try not to worry about it. You didn’t say why you had it the first time but maybe it was just an exception to the rule and everything will be fine this time.
Unread 01-15-2003, 11:50 PM

Please tell your nurse your past experiences with the catheter. I didn't even notice mine and must say I missed it when I had to go pee at 2:00 am. Sometimes cranberry juice, they usually serve it as an option, can help prevent any problems. Good luck with your surgery, it has been the best thing ever:
Unread 01-16-2003, 02:37 AM

Here's my experience with the cathedar. I had one post op and the next day early in the morning I had that same sensation....needing to pee. So I told the nurse, she said... go ahead pee... I did and it took away that sensation. Weird sounding I know. I don't know that I actually passed any fluids but going with the feeling relieved it for me. I only had that feeling once. They took it out a few hours later and the nurse had me take a deep breath in and on the out breath she pulled it out. I didnt even feel it. My first trip to the bathroom was a success (thank goodness). I'm on day 7 now and honestly, if I let my bladder get too full I feel twangs the whole time I am going. If I stay on top of it, it's a normal "going". I'm not sure if the cathedar is really responsible for this feeling or just the fact that they had to move my bladder and then put it back. Maybe just the trauma of surgery caused the bladder to react this way.
Anyways, it has been really tolerable for me.
Unread 01-16-2003, 05:53 AM

My own personal experience with a catheter was wonderful. I too was fearful of having it inserted because I thought it would hurt. Before the surgery the Dr. told me I "might" need one. When I came out of surgery (just a spinal, no general anesthesia) the nurses had to tell me I had one in, cause I had no idea on my own. No pain, not even a sensation. No urge to tinkle, no pressure. I became a real fan of catheters and told the nurses that I wish I could have one every night at home so I would never have to get up in the middle of the night again. They kept coming in and changing my bag cause I drank water like the dickens, knowing it was the best thing I could do for myself. I WAS worried about them taking it out and even more worried about having painful pee pees after it was removed. Never had a problem, not even a bit of a sting. I could hardly feel anything when they removed the thing and it was over in a second. My first and subsequent pees have been painfree, completely. I have a feeling you may be right about your last experience with a catheter. Probably was too large. If I were you, I would let your concern be known to your Dr. and I'd mention it several times to him/her and to the anesthesiologists and nurses that you talk to in Pre-Op,so that everyone is aware of your anxiety about this. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. You can complain and express your concerns very nicely, but you need to make sure you are heard. I nagged my Dr. about vaginal length (with a smile on my face) so much that the first thing he said to me after surgery was "You have plenty of vaginal length." I said, "Hey, my next husband thanks you and so do I" One can always hope and dream that one will need all her vaginal length, right? Gotta have a dream. I am 2 weeks since my TVH and doing fine. Only problem has been constipation (prune juice and Milk of Magnesia helps tremendously) and dizziness (going to the Dr. today). I feel like I'm on a cruise ship all the time without the great entertainment and food. My best advice would be to relax and know that these surgeries are really very commonplace and are done daily and that your Dr. is not just a Dr., but a specialist. My next best advice would be to read the posts on this site and you'll find that you are not alone. This site has been a God send for me, a crutch, a steady arm for me to lean on. I am single with grown kids (out of the house) with not many people to confide in. This is really personal stuff. Great for husbands, kids, Moms and Dads and boyfriends and special girlfriends only I think. So having a forum like this has been very helpful for me, and obviously for many others. God bless you sweetheart. Write to us when you need to, before and after your surgery. Dorothy
Unread 01-16-2003, 08:10 AM

Hi I was wondering how you felt with the spinal? Where you awake during sugery and how about pain meds after? Did you have the pump or something else? Really scared about the anesthesia Surgery date Feb 4th TAH.

Unread 01-16-2003, 09:10 AM

The dreaded catheter! My worst problem with it is that mine got tangled up in my legs that first night. When the "aid" came to check on me, I told her I needed to pee but I had this catheter. She *freaked* and said nobody told her I had one...duh! She came around the bed and untangled the tube and a *bunch* of fluid drained out!!!

I never told anybody about that, I guess I should have. My bladder felt "wierd" for weeks post op until this week when I finally had a test and found out I had a urinary tract infection. (I had not been experiencing pain or itching during urination!)

Anyway, it didn't hurt when it was removed (hey, I was on drugs!) but I wish I had asked for a urin test sooner than 8 weeks post op!!!!

So, try not to get your tubes tangled!

Later, Donna
Unread 01-17-2003, 02:53 PM

I've had 3 catheders. 2 for C-sections and one for a sonogram which was miserable. they had to fill my bladder and cap off the catheder. The first one I had hurt when she removed it, So when I went for my second C-section I was real nervous about it. But when it came time for the nurse to remove it I told her about it hurting the last time and she was extra careful taking it out and I never felt anything. The third time I don't remember if it hurt or not because I was in alot of pain from a tubular pregnancy. But just tell the nurse when she comes to take it out that last time it hurt real bad and to be real careful. I know I will when my time comes next month. Kim

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