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Unread 01-26-2003, 10:40 AM
Fistula

Sherry - standard procedure is the supra pubic for 3 weeks with the foley in for the 1st week. I had the supra pubic for 3 weeks, but didn't have the foley at first (for a week)...my sp leaked around the hole in my belly, so the Urologist put the foley in for my 2nd week, then out for my 3rd. Is that confusing???

Maybe this is better - I had the supra pubic for week 1, the supra pubic and foley for week 2, then the supra pubic for week 3. The main thing is to keep the bladder drained completely so that the repair work has time to start healing well. I would have kept one or both for as long as necessary to facilitate my healing of the repair! I looked like Jacob Marley from Dicken's A Christmas Carol, when I was hooked up to both catheters and the large bags at night. My chains were catheters! It was wild.

Hope this helps - Joce
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  #12  
Unread 01-26-2003, 10:51 AM
Fistula

Sherry,
Glad you have a surgery date!

I only got the supra cath(no foley) Joce is right, it is better than the foley-not as much irritation.

Don't worry too much about the surgery. To be honest, you will feel crappy for the first week but it gets better every day, just hang in there! I had the surgery abdom and vag just like they're doing yours-if I hadn't had a few complications in the hospital, it wasn't so bad. I don't want to scare you but I want you to be more prepared than I was-it's alot tougher than the hyster recovery-you need to REALLY take it easy and get lots of rest.

You are in my prayers-I will be counting the days till your "fix"

Louise
  #13  
Unread 01-26-2003, 12:00 PM
Fistula

Sounds like a tangled up situation! You are right, I would keep them in for months just to make sure my bladder heals properly. Thanks for you response.

Sherry xo
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