As soon as you can get out of bed and use the bathroom yourself, they will remove the cath.
If you're concerned that after they take it out you'll have trouble urinating, if that's the case, you tell a nurse and they just do a one time straight cath. that empties the bladder but once a patient is up and walking, it's assumed you'll be able to walk to the bathroom to relieve yourself.
That's been my experience.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg each evening