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Old 04-29-2007, 06:45 AM   #1
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has any experience of foley catheters. I
currently have one and have some questions I'd like to ask!

Cheers

Mops

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Old 04-29-2007, 06:45 AM   #2
Larry Krzewinski
 
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On 26 Apr 2007 06:04:54 -0700, Mops <Mops77@hotmail.co.uk> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>I was wondering if anyone has any experience of foley catheters. I
>currently have one and have some questions I'd like to ask!


What questions do you have?
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:45 AM   #3
Mops
 
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Hi,

Thanks for replying. Quite a few questions I'm afraid.

Is it usual to have cramps with the cath in?
I have had a little bit of leakage, is this usual?
Does it hurt to come out?
Once out how soon after does the needing to pee sensation return?
Does the sensation return fully?
Is the cath likely to have casued any damage at all?
Where is the best place to strap the leg bag?
If I am still having bladder control issues, is it best to go with
another foley or use something else, if so what?

I've been told I'm stuck with this for 2 weeks with a review on
Monday. I'm having real issues with it, and really hate it at the
moment and am all for gettingit out now.
Before it went in I was having trouble peeing, sitting on the loo,
nothing would come out and it was causing lots of uses with the UTI I
aready had so the decision was made to put it in. Not sure it was the
right one now tho.

Mops


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Old 04-29-2007, 06:45 AM   #4
Larry Krzewinski
 
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On 26 Apr 2007 23:47:35 -0700, Mops <Mops77@hotmail.co.uk> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>Thanks for replying. Quite a few questions I'm afraid.


No problem. That's what we're here for.

>Is it usual to have cramps with the cath in?


I didn't have any with my Foley catheter, but mine was put in
following my kidney transplant after almost nine years on
hemodialysis.

>I have had a little bit of leakage, is this usual?


I had zero leakage.

>Does it hurt to come out?


No. They deflate it before removing it and pull it out very quickly..

>Once out how soon after does the needing to pee sensation return?


Mine returned within 15 minutes.

>Does the sensation return fully?


Oh yeah!

>Is the cath likely to have casued any damage at all?


Mine didn't and the use of Foley catheters is ubiquitous.

>Where is the best place to strap the leg bag?


I strapped mine just above my right ankle.

>If I am still having bladder control issues, is it best to go with
>another foley or use something else, if so what?


I can't answer that. I don't know what is causing your incontinence.
It seems to me that wearing Depends would be easier than having a
Foley catheter. I had to wear my Foley catheter for two weeks
following my kidney transplant since my bladder had really shrunk in
size due to atrophy. In the interim the catheter tube rubbed the end
of my urethra raw. I was really happy once it was finally removed.
For me, the most difficult and painful part of my kidney transplant
was wearing that damn catheter.

>I've been told I'm stuck with this for 2 weeks with a review on
>Monday. I'm having real issues with it, and really hate it at the
>moment and am all for gettingit out now.


It needs to be deflated before it can be removed. Talk with your
doctor. Deflating it is a simple procedure that any nurse can do.

>Before it went in I was having trouble peeing, sitting on the loo,
>nothing would come out and it was causing lots of uses with the UTI I
>aready had so the decision was made to put it in. Not sure it was the
>right one now tho.


Good luck to you.

Larry
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:30 PM   #5
Frances House
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I had a Foley catheter after my urethra reconstruction surgery. I had my Foley in for a few weeks. I am not sure exactly how long it was in but it might have been in as long as 6 weeks or 8 weeks. I do not remember exactly.

I had no problems with it leaking at all. I strapped mine on my calf just like Larry did. Nobody was aware I had it unless I told them because I wore pants. It was not a problem at work. Just make sure you drain it pretty often.

At night I put the bag on the floor to drain. The tube was really long so I was able to do that. Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night to make sure and drain it so it wouldn't get full. But it was not really a big deal for me. Before my surgery I was getting up multiple of times a night to pee so with the Foley catheter I was actually getting up less often.

I remember 2 things about the Foley catheter that you may find helpful information.

First, your normal men's "morning wake-up call" or "morning wood" is NOT fun with a Foley catheter. It is actually kind of painful because you have that tube in the way. I talked to my doctor about it and he said the only thing he would be able to do would be to give me so much valium that I would not be able to function so he would not do that. There was nothing he was able to do so that was not good. It wasn't super painful though. It was more annoying than anything. This was more of a concern a couple of weeks after the surgery and not immediately afterwards because I was still on pain medication for a couple of weeks after surgery. It was only an issue when I got off of the pain medication.

The second thing I remember about having the Foley is that after they take it out your urine stream is much more powerful. Before I had my surgery my urine stream was pitiful. I pretty much had to stand on top of the urinal to pee. After the foley was removed I thought I would have a similar urine stream but not at all! I stood close to the urinal and had so much splashback from the force it got all over me. Just my funny experience I had with the urinal at work I thought I would share with you so you would not have to wear your own pee.

I don't remember the foley hurting when it came out. It was a long time ago though. But it was really quick and might have been uncomfortable but not super painful for me.

Best of luck with your procedure,
Frances
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