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Must I have a urinary catheter inserted for breast reduction surgery?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Breast reduction surgery is a relatively short procedure and a urinary catheter can be avoided.

In brief: No
Breast reduction surgery is a relatively short procedure and a urinary catheter can be avoided.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Most breast reductions can be completed nicely and safely in around 2 hours- so a catheter isn't necessary.

In brief: No
Most breast reductions can be completed nicely and safely in around 2 hours- so a catheter isn't necessary.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Depends
In most instances, in my opinion, a bladder catheter is not needed but this may be at the discretion or advice of your surgeon or anesthesiologist and be recommended for very good reasons.
Discuss with them.

In brief: Depends
In most instances, in my opinion, a bladder catheter is not needed but this may be at the discretion or advice of your surgeon or anesthesiologist and be recommended for very good reasons.
Discuss with them.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
In brief: No
Not unless the anaesthesia or preexisting condition mandates doing so?

In brief: No
Not unless the anaesthesia or preexisting condition mandates doing so?
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Bauback Safa
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: No
Most breast reduction surgeries are done without the need for a urinary catheter.
However, if the surgeon thinks the case may last longer than usual (larger reduction, secondary procedures such as liposuction, etc), he/she may elect to place a urinary catheter. Either way, placement of a urinary catheter intra-operatively poses very little risk to the patient.

In brief: No
Most breast reduction surgeries are done without the need for a urinary catheter.
However, if the surgeon thinks the case may last longer than usual (larger reduction, secondary procedures such as liposuction, etc), he/she may elect to place a urinary catheter. Either way, placement of a urinary catheter intra-operatively poses very little risk to the patient.
Dr. Bauback Safa
Dr. Bauback Safa
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