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Urinary catheter

Urinary catheter

Postby Mom_to_four » Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:06 pm

Did anyone have to go home with one after your FTT? How was your experience with it? My PS said I'd be sent home with one and have it removed on the second day... but I'm a bit bothered by that one. :?:
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby tangles » Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:22 pm

I had one inserted during surgery and they took it out before I woke up. I was not made to use the batroom before I left for home. By 9:30 PM I had still not been able to go pee. I was in allot of pain and had to go to the ER. THey said I was very lucky as my bladder was about to overflow into my other organs which would have caused me to pass out. I really wish I would have just been sent home with the catheter in!!!! I ended up having to wear the darn thing for one week!!! What a pain. Had to let my bladder heal back up after all that. The plus side was I didnt have to lower myself to the toliet or get out of bed during the night!! Personally I think it would have been nice to have it for the first 2 or 3 days. A week was too LONG!!
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:41 pm

I had one til the next day too. It was great!

What is your apprehension? They are very convenient! My PS wanted me to stay in bed for the rest of that first day, and DH took me back to his office the next day to have it removed.
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby Mom_to_four » Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:57 pm

Annie- I've had 4-sec and with my last, after they removed the catheter my urinary muscles wouldn't work- the urge was there but the ability to pee wasn't. Having a full bladder and not able to pee was very painful. They had to catheterize me twice after the removal of it while in the hospital- not pleasant. So that all said... just a pretty bad experience last time. I wonder if there is something I can do to help prevent that from happening this time....
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:05 pm

Make sure to discuss exactly what happened with your doctor and that you are concerned.
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby HopefulMomma » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:20 pm

Mom_to_four wrote:Annie- I've had 4-sec and with my last, after they removed the catheter my urinary muscles wouldn't work- the urge was there but the ability to pee wasn't. Having a full bladder and not able to pee was very painful. They had to catheterize me twice after the removal of it while in the hospital- not pleasant. So that all said... just a pretty bad experience last time. I wonder if there is something I can do to help prevent that from happening this time....


I am a labor & delivery and postpartum nurse and I can tell you that not being able to pee after having a catheter inserted (or after any type of anesthesia) is common. Usually we can catheterize once which is considered routine if the patient doesn't void within 6-8 hours after the cathether was removed. Unfortunately your surgeon will most likely still have to insert a cathether in your bladder during the surgery I don't think you can get around that and, even if they remove it right after surgery, you still might experience urinary retention. However, you may not experience the same thing this time especially since it only happened to you once even though you've had 4 surgeries. There is not much you can do to prevent it, giving yourself time to sit in the bathroom, running the faucet, maybe submerging your hand in a warm water basin. These are all nursing interventions that may help encourage you to void but sometimes the reality is that it doesn't happen. Again, just because it happened one time doesn't mean it will happen again. Keep in mind, if you want the cathether out early you are going to have to get up every so often, hopefully often because you will be drinking lots of fluids to encourage healing, and if you have a cathether in you will save yourself that trouble. Also keep in mind that it may still happen whether you take the catheter out right after surgery or a day after. It is up to you but definitely voice your concerns to your PS. Good luck!
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby HopefulMomma » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:24 pm

tangles wrote:I had one inserted during surgery and they took it out before I woke up. I was not made to use the batroom before I left for home. By 9:30 PM I had still not been able to go pee. I was in allot of pain and had to go to the ER. THey said I was very lucky as my bladder was about to overflow into my other organs which would have caused me to pass out. I really wish I would have just been sent home with the catheter in!!!! I ended up having to wear the darn thing for one week!!! What a pain. Had to let my bladder heal back up after all that. The plus side was I didnt have to lower myself to the toliet or get out of bed during the night!! Personally I think it would have been nice to have it for the first 2 or 3 days. A week was too LONG!!


I am very surprised they sent you home without emptying your bladder first after having surgery. We would never send anyone home without first voiding, it sets you up for complications. As a matter of fact, if you are having same day surgery and you do not void within a certain time frame you get admitted overnight until you are able to void on your own. Yes, it can cause damage to the bladder. Not good at all! I'm glad you didn't have any permanent damage.
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby martt » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:44 pm

The surgeon I selected said he sends patients home with a catheter and then it is removed the next day. No other Drs I had consults with did this. I discussed this with my surgeon, and his reasons for doing this, and my apprehensions and we decided not to send me home with one. It ended up working out fine for me, but everyone is different and I would have hated to have to go back to the ER to get one inserted if I was not able to urinate. I did not urinate before leaving the surgery center, but went within a few hours of being home.
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby bratcatcher » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:46 am

At the hospital I work catheters must stay in for a minimum of 12 hours post insertion and they will not allow you home until you have voided 3 times over 200mls! We must be very strict where I work :lol:
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby MDinCA » Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:49 am

I had a catheter. I won't lie, I did have a problem with it. I was fine until it was removed. For whatever reason, I couldn't pee and I had to go, but would only go a little at a time. When I went back in the day after my catheter was removed, the first thing I had to do was pee, and I told them what was going on. The dr said he wished I would have called him because it was pretty serious. I just didn't realize it. They put a new catheter in and I had that for a day or so and then went back in and I was fine. As soon as I got the new catheter, the bag was filled with urine!

I think it's a good idea to have one though, because it really helped that first day. I could drink a ton of water and stay in bed.
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Re: Urinary catheter

Postby Jolie45 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:38 pm

I had a catheter after both my TT and my thigh lift. I was very happy to have it for the first twenty four hours. They took it out at my first visit the morning after my TT and I removed it the morning after my TL without problems. I was able to void just fine post op.
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