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How long does it take for normal bladder function to return after having general anesthesia?

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In brief: Depends

Bladder function after surgery can depend on many things.
Longer anesthesia, longer surgery, complicated pelvic surgery may have a few days before bladder function returns. If it is a shorter surgery or less complicated surgery, the bladder function may be normal immediately after surgery.

In brief: Depends

Bladder function after surgery can depend on many things.
Longer anesthesia, longer surgery, complicated pelvic surgery may have a few days before bladder function returns. If it is a shorter surgery or less complicated surgery, the bladder function may be normal immediately after surgery.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Within a day

As men grow older they are more likely to develop benign prostatic hypertrophy.
This is not usually a problem, but under anesthesia can cause urinary retention. This is usually very short lasting and is easily treated. Most post operative care locations will make sure you urinate before you leave. The symptoms have shown up later. You will be counseled on this before discharge.

In brief: Within a day

As men grow older they are more likely to develop benign prostatic hypertrophy.
This is not usually a problem, but under anesthesia can cause urinary retention. This is usually very short lasting and is easily treated. Most post operative care locations will make sure you urinate before you leave. The symptoms have shown up later. You will be counseled on this before discharge.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not long

Usually only an hour or two, although it may take longer for some individuals.

In brief: Not long

Usually only an hour or two, although it may take longer for some individuals.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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