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   Posted 6/25/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Can somebody here please tell me if a Foley Cathetar is necessary during a J Pouch surgery and if so is there an alternative to having it inserted through your privates.

I wouldn't be able to have surgery if that was the case. Too scared too painfull.


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   Posted 6/25/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't know for sure about j-pouch surgery but I would guess just like most surgeries that they would want to do it for sanitation reasons.  When I had my colectomy they put it in after I was under the anesthesia so the only pain I had was the removal which is only a few seconds.  I have actually had one inserted while I was awake and it caused minor discomfort for just a second or two so not sure about the too painful part.  Surely you can handle a few seconds for the improvements you are hoping for with the surgery.  I am not aware of any alternative.


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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, it is inserted while you are under anesthesia and removed once you get out of bed and walk, for me that was about 24 hours later.  What is your concern?



dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   


Like you I was really not looking forward to having a catheter when I was having surgery (I am sure you will have to have one--you usually do need one during any major surgery) BUT they will put it in while you are asleep and you will not even know it or feel a thing!! :)

When you wake up with it in, it really is not that bad--annoying, but not painful.  When they remove it, it only takes a second and is uncomfortable for only that second.

Don't worry I am sure you can definitely handle it.  Mine was removed 3 days after my was annoying to have to walk to the bathroom with the line dangling between my legs and the IV line getting in the way when I had to empty my bag, but it is only for a short time.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
it's not bad to have one, you will be drugged the whole time and probably won't even know it, except you will be glad you dont have to drag yourself out of bed to pee!

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   Posted 6/27/2008 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sitting in my hospital room 11 days post total colectomomy and have both a ng tube and catheter. I have had the foley reinserted 2 times since my surgery.

I was prepared to jump out the window rather than experience this but came up with a solution that might help you. Ask your MD for a sedative prior to the catheter going in or out. I asked for and recieved IV Ativan and it made me totally relaxed. As it has turned out, the removal is completely painless-the fear is what creates the perception that it will be painful-its not. As far as the insertion, an experience nurse or md can do it without causing pain.

It's your body, ask for a sedative even though they will tell you no one needs one.

Now, as far as the NG tube, I had it insetred 1 week post surgery because my bowels were not waking and I vomitted. It was and continues to be the WORST part of this whole procedure.
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Mark & Megan
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   Posted 7/1/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Here I am with walking the halls with my foley cat., I was out when they inserted it, and the nurse removed it quickly and right there in my hospital room 4 days after surgery.  They HAVE to use a cathedar b/c the surgery works in the so close to the bladder and then you have to leave the cathedar in until the bladder "wakes up" after surgery, some people wake up quickly others take more time.
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   Posted 7/3/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, I have read that there is an alternative to a Foley Catheter its called a Suprapubic Catheter.

Has anyone tried this and technically I could ask to have this instead of the Foley... It could be alot less painful.


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   Posted 7/3/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Since you are under anyway they will do it then! Mine didn't even hurt when they took it out. I've had multiple surgeries and they were annoying each time but not painful. You are going to be so uncomfortable with your surgery to even worry about it!
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.

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