• catheter

    Asked by eragonblue on Monday, April 22, 2013


    I had surgery last tuesday and my doctor inserted a catheter. He said i have to wear it for 2 weeks, that its in to "let the bladder heal" Okay, why 2 weeks?

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    • Becky@UMich's Avatar
      Becky@UMich RN, BS, OCN, Cancer AnswerLine Nurse

      Catheters are common after bladder cancer surgery and are used to minimize any problems associated with bleeding or clots forming. And, because the bladder is a muscle, the catheter will keep it empty of urine following surgery so that incisions can heal. How long a catheter is left in after surgery typically depends on the type and extent of surgery. You should notify your doctor if you notice there is more bleeding (like tomato juice) in the catheter bag, if you are passing large clots, have pain not relieved by prescribed pain medication, or have chills and/or fever. Hope this is helpful! Becky RN OCN

      over 3 years ago

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