As posted above, I don't believe a catheter is optional. You will be getting a lot of fluid by IV and that means it needs to come out of you and you can't get up to go to the bathroom, you will be grateful you have the catheter. I actually have requested that they leave it in until the NG tube comes out because I don't want to have to call the nurse each time I have to go to the bathroom.
The Nasal/Gastric tube (NG) - you may have one when you wake up from surgery. Every surgery, patient and surgeon is different. I had one for 2 of my 3 resections but not the last one, and I had the same surgeon in the same hospital all 3 times. So nothing is set in stone. The NG tube sucks the stomach acids out so that they don't travel through you and disturb the area that was just operated on. Without the NG tube some patients get quesy and end up vomiting. Which you don't want to do. It is hooked up to the wall. Everytime you need to leave the immediate area, it needs to be disconnected.
I have never had an epidural for a resection. So it may just be something new (I've gone 10 years) or it may be particular to some hospitals.
I would recommend doing some searches through the posts and gathering some information. But, keep in mind that we are all unique and our surgeons are all different. So this will give you a jumping off point to start making your list of questions. I'm sure that if you are scheduled for surgery, the hospital will have someone who can talk you through every phase of THEIR operating procedure. Each hospital is so different, that we can all go step by step with you of our experience, but it may not be anything like what you will encounter. We can give you some general idea of what will happen, but if you want to know exactly, you need to speak with someone from the hospital.
CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.
Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....