Catheter Removal

On Monday I am having my catheter removed after being in for six days. Has anyone not been able to pee normally after the catheter is removed??? What are the chances of that? bz

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Hi Buzz

I have had 3 Turbts and an infection where I had a cath for 10 days.
In all cases I was able to urinate with no problems, BUT, it will most likely hurt and burn for a day or 2.
All the best,
Jack

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Jack's info is good. I have never had trouble urinating after a catheter and I took mine out myself!

Lynda

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Thanks to you both. Ish you are a lot tougher than me. I won't be taking mine out myself. bz

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I have had scans ( ultrasound, with gel, rubbing over your bladder area) after having a catheter removed ( as well as after each cystoscopy with my new urologist) to make sure you are emptying all the contents of the bladder.
When the nurse is ready to take out the cath, ask her to tell you to breathe OUT as she pulls it out. it doesn't hurt, just feels funny.

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I had a catheter many times and once i experienced retention (inability to urinate) .. tract was blocked with a blood clot. Hope your catheter comes out easily and you have no problems at all!
michelle

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I think most docs with want evidence that you can void after cath removal. Sometimes, folks are unable to urinate when the cath is removed and then may get recathed to prevent overdistention. Once out and peeing, you should be attentive to cessation of voiding as this may indicate a blockage that needs attention. After removing cath (3 different times), only had a slight delay in being able to urinate once, but was able to void within minutes of removal, so went home without a cath. Best wishes,

jj

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Thank you all. It's coming out on Monday at around 8:30AM and the doc wants a call from me at 2PM to make sure everything is working ok.

By the way, is the drainage cath (the one they are removing) the same size that they use for BCG treatments?? bz

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I urinated on the first try with no problem. I was surprised, but it worked like a charm.
Good luck,
Best
Browns Crossing

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No the cath they use for BCG is much smaller. Request a #12 to get the smallest one.

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Yep, you will probably experience some burning for a while. Ask your doctor for some phenazopyridine. Turns your urine "brite orange" but takes the edge off when you urinate. Good Luck...
Steve

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Thank you, thank you. Will be requesting a #12 and phenazopyridine. bz

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I think uta works much better than pyridium. Blue is in!

Lynda

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It doesn't hurt to take it out. I did it myself last time too. It just slides right out after the air is removed. It's a happy day!

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I have used all size catheters #16 to #20 and none have bothered me at all but they were the balloon catheter with silicone #20 and the red bard #18 with holes on both sides ,the mucus flows easier. I tried a clear one once and it hurt really bad,it was too hard so I removed and inserted the rubber ones with no problem. I have never removed one myself with balloon inflated for a while.

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I took mine out myself, but I worked in urology at one time.

It is a blessing to get it out. I have never had a problem urinating afterwards. Oh, it was maybe a bit uncomfortable for a while, but it worked. Don't flip out if you spot "aliens" in the toilet for a while.

Now, if suddenly your urine turns bright red.....let your doctor know.

Burb

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Thanks for the feedback. Lynda, what is uta???

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After my first biopsy, they took my cath out and I asked the assistant if I would have a problem and she (a mid twenty year old) said no. On the way home I stopped by Walgreens to get something and I wet my self totally in the parking lot. Then after that I did not have any issues.. So it pays to be prepared both ways. That was my experiance anyway..
Neo

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I would add to everyones coments it doesnt hurt and you will be fine. Now that being said I caught my cath tube on something and pulled it out accidentally with baloon inflated. All I can say is yowzer! yowzer! that smarts.

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Uta is another med used for burning upon urination, similar to pyridium.

jj

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Thanks, I'll ask the doc about it. bz

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