Patients often wonder if they will urinate during surgery. Keep reading to learn more!
Think about what happens to you when you are asleep at night. If you do not urinate while you are sleeping at night, it is usually the same way during surgery. You are able to control your bladder. Hopefully this fact will help alleviate your worries.
What about a catheter? Will I have one of those? It depends on the type of surgery you are having. Feel free to ask your surgeon or the circulating nurse about it. They will let you know if there are plans to place a catheter into your bladder.
Who will put the catheter in? Usually the circulating nurse will put in the catheter or the surgeon may choose to place it. Either way, this is a common procedure and is routinely performed by these individuals. But the reason why this catheter is placed is for your safety.
If you are having general anesthesia, the catheter will be inserted when you are sleeping. If it needs to remain in place after surgery, most patients say the catheter is an annoying sensation. Rarely do they describe its presence as being painful, though. And no one physician or nurse wants to leave the catheter in for longer than is needed for your safety.
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