• Will I ever pee again.

    Asked by CrazyHarry on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Will I ever pee again.

    Just got out of the hospital after rectal cancer resection. The amazing surgeon was able to do the whole procedure using a laparoscope. Now I can't pee. So I'm home with a Foley catheter. Anyone else had this problem? Will my plumbing ever work again?

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    • Stella's Avatar

      I had the same problem and I know it is very frustrating. I have blocked it out, but I think that it took a month or so after surgery to be able to urinate again. I was told that it is not common, but it does happen. I had a couple trials off the catheter which were extremely painful and unsuccessful. I then was referred to a urologist. If the problem continues longer, you can learn to straight cath yourself so that you can be out and about without the bag. I hate to tell you, my urinary function is not back 100% 1 year after surgery. Hopefully since you had the laparoscopic surgery, that it might be quicker. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      My surgery was supposed to be laparoscopic but ended up being an eight hour ordeal, permanent colostomy and my tumor was 13 cm. so my bladder was beat up and I couldn't void after a week so my surgeon brought in a urologist. Turns out I had a fistula in my uretha. I had to use a foley for 8 weeks. then my urologist inserted a supra pubic which is a cathetor that goes directly into the bladder. My fistula did heal and I can pee on my own. I'm sure you'll be able to pee also. good luck, :0)

      over 3 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      That is a surprisingly common side-effect of surgery, particularly rectal surgery. My husband had that happen after surgery for internal hemmorhoids. He had to self-cath at home for almost a month. Eventually things did sort themselves out but it was very unpleasant while it lasted. Speak to your surgeon, you may need referral to a urologist.

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Oh my this bring back memories, horrible memories. I am so sorry. I went home with a catheter too. How uncomfortable is that? I was finally referred to a urologist. He said my bladder got stretched out after surgery and had become lazy so it wouldn't empty. It took a few months of treatment. Have your surgeon refer you to a urologist ASAP. I promise this will pass but it sure sucks. Also, after this surgery, it is a really good idea to have some A&D Ointment on hand to help with irritation. That's a whole other issue, but a life safer. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      My bladder and urethra took quite a hit from the radiation therapy. Peeing used to be a knee buckling event. That finally subsided right before surgery. But the discomfort in my urethra is still quite intense. The straight cath experience was quite a scream!! As well as the initial removal of the foley and then the reinsertion. Hoping that he Pee Gods shine upon me soon.

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      Glad to hear you are home & recovering! I didn't have this problem, thank God, but my mother did after her hysterectomy & she spent an uncomfortable week at home before it resolved. Hopefully, now that you are home, and getting some sleep and your body starts to heal, the problem will resolve itself.

      over 3 years ago

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