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Catheter?

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Did any of you have a catheter when you had your surgery? If so, did they do it before or after they put you under? I had to have one when I was only 12 and so now have this insane fear of having to have another one...

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For my surgery, they put me under first and then did it. The only time I was awake for one, was when I had my kids.....hang in there, it's not so bad!

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They do it while you are out cold. No worries. I was HAPPY AS HELL to have one as I did NOT want to attempt getting out of bed when I got back to my room.

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I did not have one. My surgeon wanted me to get out of bed as soon as I woke up and walk to the bathroom. I had no trouble.

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I didn't get back to my room until almost midnight and was REALLY doped up. lol

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They put mine in after I was out...took it out the next day and I never felt a thing. The thing that sucked was having to walk the halls carrying my pee...:rolleyes:

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Thank you guys... you're all so re-assuring!! :-) I was wide awake for the last one and it was not a pleasant experience.

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I didn't have one either they wanted me up I had to get to the potty as soon as they got me to my room. Some docs do them and some don't It seems as if you will be under when and if they do it.

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Hi!

I had one and it was great. I'm surprised to learn here not all get one, but still seems that most do. I wonder if the ones who didn't were still on the sucrose or saline bag that continually feeds liquids into you through the intravenous tube? I mean, my urine bag was constantly filling up and I would have had to go to the bathroom every 1/2 hour and get no rest or sleep without that catheter =) PLUS you are so full of the intravenous fluids during surgery and so asleep due to anesthesia for hours after, I can't figure out how anybody manages without being catheterized. The nurses also told me that the catheterization also was needed in order to measure output, to make sure all the plumbing and systems were working good and they could also check it for color, clarity (sounds like a diamond!) and if there's blood in it, etc. Even after they removed mine the 2nd day, I still had to let them know when I went potty and they had a plastic mini-bowl attached inside the toilet bowl rim to catch the urine so they could still measure my output even after. Man, so much work based on urine! Who knew it was so important! =) But it's no big deal - they insert it after you're out and remove it by uninflating a small balloon on the end that keeps it in your bladder and slide it out - a bit of a funny tickle and it's out. But it is nice to be rid of once you're feeling better and get rid of the tubing all over your bed, tangling up when you want to turn over or walk!

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Yep. I had one over night. They put it in while I was under. If you get one you'll never know that they put it in until you wake up with it. :D

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I had one put in while I was under for wls and was soooo glad for it! I didn't have mine taken out until 3 days post-op. I know, most people aren't even in the hospital for 3 days and I was in ICU for 3 days with no complications! The VA did it, what can I say?

I do know your fear though. I had one inserted while awake previously and was worried about it this go 'round.

Good luck!

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I had my final pre-op appointment today and was able to ask my surgeons office about this. They don't even use caths unless you end up in ICU for a complication. Whew

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My surgeon never mentioned it - so you can imagine my surprise when I woke up! :eek:

That has GOT to be the oddest feelilng I've ever had!

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i agree with Biffette. they suppose to check and see how fluids are moving in your system. for leaks and colorations.. i guess. i hope to god they put me under first for that

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I got mine put in while i was out and then dc'd the next morning. They kind of just wanted to make sure i was movie the fluids from my iv. After it was out i had to have my tinkle meassured by a "staff" person.

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I didn't have one but I did have the IV that was putting fluid into me and I had to go in a bucket that sat on the potty so they could measure what was in and out I guess I didn't ask I just went and walked and slept! I had to get up about every 2 hours but that is what they wanted was me out of bed.

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Mine went in when I was OUT COLD! It was super easy coming out the next day...I'm with Cindy, it sucked having to cart it around while walking the halls.

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This has to be my biggest fear! So I'm going to assume they put it in while I'm off in dreamland but what does it feel like when it comes out???? Any men have something to share on this one? This is why I stopped the process before... I know... I'm being a wimp but I'm trying to know everything and be ready!

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They put mine in when I was asleep and I don't remember them removing it. They must have done it when I was in recovery. You will be fine. :)

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I didnt have one, they actually made me get out of bed in recovery and go to the bathroom.

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this is also my biggest fear! had several as a kid with kidney issues and i remember nurses holding me down while i scream to get one in me. i already told my surgen he cant put it in until i am out cold!

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