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I am a male and I am deathly scared of a catheter. I dont want to get one or wake up with one Does the sleeve surgery require a catheter?    

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Ask your doctor.  They may put it in and take it out while you are out..  

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Ours didn't take them out until after you passed the swallow test, just in case there was a problem.

It is not that bad. You don't really notice it.

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I had a catheter (for about 24 hours as best I can remember).

It's something you need to discuss with your surgeon because not all doctors use them.

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I didn't have one while I was awake, and don't think I had one while I was anesthetized.

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A different experience here.  The bladder is sensitive to ansethesia and mine is VERY sensitive.  I was unable to void on my own after surgery and my hospital required that I void prior to release.  So I stayed an extra night with a catheter and when I still couldn't void I got to come home for several days with a Foley catheter.  My wife really proved she believed in the "for better or worse" as she helped me deal with it.

Turns out I also have a very enlarged prostate which made voiding much more challenging while the bladder recovered.

Catheters are uncomfortable and not a lot of fun.   The insertion and removal is only slightly painful at most but the improvement in health and overall life style has been worth it.

 

Good luck

 

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I had one during surgery. In and out while I was asleep. I wouldn't have given it a second thought but I also had some trouble getting the sensation to need to go after I woke up. The nurse finally asked me try to go after on one of my walking trips, I didn't realize how long it had been.

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Discuss with your surgeon ahead of time. My surgeon doesn't believe in them because while you are in his bari unit, you walk every 2 hours from 6am to midnight. Walking so much encourages you to pee.

aside from that, as a patient you have the right to refuse any treatment as per national "Patient care guidelines."

 

good luck.

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There is a long post on this topic, with lots of helpful information:

 

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I didn't have one.  It was never brought up. 

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I didn't have one

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