anyone have problems with bladder post surgery

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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
hi on hospital internet very slow but hoping for some help cos getting scared. had panproctocolectomy done week ago they took catheter out  today but not fully emptying bladder and they talking about putting  it back in for a week.  anyone else experce this?  will give u update on surgery when able to use own laptop.  thanks evveryone x
Panproctocolectomy scheduled for 3rd April.  Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 18 years ago.

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   Posted 4/10/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
cry  so they just had to put the catheter back in.  surgery went well just a couple of probs with pain relief.  just hoping there is no problem with my bladder now.  dont want to leave hospital without bowel disease but with a bladder prob instead, feeling anxious, please let me know if anyone can help x
Panproctocolectomy scheduled for 3rd April.  Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 18 years ago.

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   Posted 4/10/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   


I had a total colectomy 3 1/2 weeks ago, and I had the catheter in me for 5 days....then when they took it out, I couldn't pee.  They had to put it back in for another 2 days, and said if I still couldn't go, they'd send me home with the catheter.  Luckily, when they took it out the second time, I was able to go.  The same thing happened to me 10 years when I had another surgery.  Don't worry, it's fairly normal.  The nurses and doctor told me it wasn't all that uncommon at all!  Keep us posted.


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   Posted 4/10/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Chelebel

Please do not worry too much. This problem is quite common. Since the catheter puts the urethera on auto mode, means the sphincter muscles are not active, this problem comes once the catheter is removed. It takes a couple of days to get back to normal. Infact in my case even after removal of catheter, I had a problem, as I was peeing lying down in the pee bottle, I could not pee while standing and would have pressure but could not pee. Doctors told me it is quite common.

However, I advice you that you please consult your doc to ensure that there is no prostrate problem.
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   Posted 4/11/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
My nurse took it out after 4 days and i couldnt pee so she told me if i hadnt peed within 8 hrs she had to put it back she put it back in for another day and my surgeon said that it might be where i was swollen inside. So just a thought to calm your fears..sounds like its happened to a lot of dont feel alone in this. We're all here for you =)
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   Posted 4/11/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks everyone. will let u know how it goes. surgeon not decided when she will take it out again, will be anxious that day. x
Panproctocolectomy scheduled for 3rd April.  Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 18 years ago.

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   Posted 4/11/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   

I had trouble peeing 'with gusto' after my proctocolectomy, because it hurt to use my stomach muscles. It would just dribble out while I was sitting on the potty. I found it was comfortable to pee while I was standing and taking a shower. As my stomach incision healed, it became easier and easier to push, so everything went back to normal.

I'm glad your surgery went well and that you got your pain managed. Hang in there and please keep us posted on how you're doing. :-)


Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 4/11/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
They took mine out and I just couldn't pee in the timeline they gave me. I was so upset so a really nice nursing student and nurse decided that before putting the cath. back in, they would do a Foley (a rubber tube inserted for one time use) and boy was there urine ready to come out! One of the nurses told me not to be afraid to just "sit there" for a while and let the urine work its way out. She was right--I'd pee a teeny bit, and then more, and then the muscles would get going and I'd really pee. With major abdominal surgery, everything is moved around. I had horrible pain while peeing for about 2 weeks or so. They did a uti test which was negative--just took a while for the bladder to get to its right place. i still hurt if I wake up and really have to pee. Takes a bit of time for it all to come out.
whew--probably more info than you wanted! good luck!!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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   Posted 4/12/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
hi again they tried taking it out again today but still not working so have to go home with catheter in for 2 weeks then they will try taking it out again. didnt expect to go home with 2 bags x
Panproctocolectomy scheduled for 3rd April.  Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 18 years ago.

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