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When is a catheter necessary (during surgery) and when not please?

When is a catheter necessary (during surgery) and when not please?

Sometimes: Urinary catheters are needed for long procedures or ones that anticipate blood loss. Otherwise the bladder could become over distended. We also place them if we want to monitor urine output or watch for signs of blood in the urine when working close to the urinary tract. On average though we have cut way back on catheter use in the past 5 years as we know it reduces urinary infections. ...Read more

Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more


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I am experiencing urinary dribbling and abnormal urine stream. Recently catheterized during surgery could this have caused my issues?

I am experiencing urinary dribbling and abnormal urine stream. Recently catheterized during surgery could this have caused my issues?

Urethral stricture?: It sounds like you might have a urethral stricture, which on rare occasions might result from infection or irritation from a catheter. Prostate problems are the most common explanation overall, but uncommon at your age. For sure see your doctor soon about this; s/he probably will refer you to a urologist. ...Read more

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Do I need to shave before using a urinary catheter?

Do I need to shave before using a urinary catheter?

No: However, skin cleansing is crucial to prevent infection. If hair is unusually excessive in a way that interferes with catheterization path then trimming it or shaving may be needed. ...Read more

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How to find how long of a urinary catheter you need?

How to find how long of a urinary catheter you need?

They are standard: Sized. It is only placed as far as it needs to go. The remainder stays outside of the body. ...Read more

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How often can you clean the bags for a urinary catheter?

Catheters: There is no practical way to clean a catheter drainage bag on the inside. If the catheter is long term, I generally recommend changing the bag when the catheter is changed every 4 weeks. ...Read more

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I am having a urinary catheter can break your hymen?

I am having a urinary catheter can break your hymen?

Separate locations: You may not actually see the structures easily but the pee hole is physically separate from your vaginal opening. It is located forward and above it. There would be no reason the urinary catheter would come in contact with your hymen. ...Read more

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Urinary catheter is it needed for appendectomy?

Urinary catheter is it needed for appendectomy?

Not always: Depends on whether the appendix has perforated, if there is already peritonitis, if the diagnosis is clear or there are alternative diagnoses. There are also technical reasons, for instance the appendix can be very close to the bladder. ...Read more

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What is the best sleep position with a urinary catheter?

What is the best sleep position with a urinary catheter?

Catheters: Basically, the one that is most comfortable for you. It is best to have the Foley catheter secured to the outside thigh to reduce traction on the catheter which can cause pain and/or bleeding. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's it like getting a urinary catheter?

Can any doc tell me what's it like getting a urinary catheter?

Looks worse than is: The urinary catheter diameter is chosen to fit the diameter of your urethra the hole that you urinate through. The area is sterilized and a catheter lubricated with numbing gel is inserted until urine flows out and a small balloon filled with either saline or air holds it in place. It is not very painful but looks so. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you ejaculate with a urinary catheter in place?

Could you tell me what happens when you ejaculate with a urinary catheter in place?

Slight discomfort: Nothing specific that is different than usual, the presence of the catheter will likely cause some discomfort during ejaculation, but should be brief and mild. ...Read more

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Can I expect to have a lot of pain from ejaculation after having had an urinary catheter?

Very possible: Healing time of a few days is in order.Catheter can irritate urethra. Strong ejaculation pulses forcing ejaculate through irritated, possibly swollen urethral canal may cause pain; not definitely, but a definite possibility. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a male leaves a urinary catheter in for a long time will it damage the sphineter muscle?

CATHETER: The muscle can become weak but long-term damage not likely. It can erode through the tip of the penis causing traumatic hypospadias after years of wear and leave the bladder with a low capacity. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would it hurt to ejaculate after having had an urinary catheter?

Hi docs, would it hurt to ejaculate after having had an urinary catheter?

Possibly: A urinary catheter can irritate both the urethra and the prostate gland. Either can cause short-term discomfort with ejaculation. Any long-term issues should be evaluated by a Urologist. ...Read more

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What could happen if urinary catheter inflow and outflow tubes are switched around and incorrectly inserted?

This may happen...: I assumed you mean using a 3-way indwelling catheter. If so, connecting the inflowing irrigation fluid to the large pore will soon develop severe bladder distention and make the patient go through roof. Normally, the irrigating fluid is supposed to be connected to the smaller pore. Such professional oddity has rarely happened so it's worthwhile to pay attention to the details of the procedures. ...Read more

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What could happen if urinary catheter inflow and outflow tubes were switched around and incorrectly inserted?

A 3-way catheter?: Only the 3-way catheter has inflow and outflow channel with smaller caliber for inflow and larger caliber for outflow. So, if mistakenly connected, the bladder will be quickly and severely distended with severe bladder pain - unbearable. If the irrigation inflow is higher than 100 cm of gravitation, bladder rupture may potentially occur. More? Contact www. HealthTap. Com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to login ...Read more

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Can I ride a bicycle with a urinary catheter in?

Yes: It probably will not be the most comfortable thing to do and you will need to increase fluids to prevent irritation and bleeding and may want to put lubricating jelly near entrance to help the slight movement of catheter during bike riding. ...Read more

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What is getting a urinary catheter like? Is it painful?

Some discomfort, but: Inserting catheter through urethra to urinary bladder is common for inability to empty bladder in daily living or after surgery affecting urination, is done out of medical necessity for your bladder long-term protection, and always bears some its inherent expected discomfort with a degree widely varying with coping ability, but usually tolerable after understanding & accepting life real reality. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can cause a urinary catheter to deflate?

Baloon ruptrure: There is a small balloon on the outside of the cath inflated holding it in place it can rupture or more commonly the little adapter that you insert the saline through develops a leak ...Read more

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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), urinary ...Read more