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Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I underwent a routine inguinal hernia repair recently. I had read that bladder catheterization was not needed for this operation as I emptied my bladder beforehand. My surgeon disregarded newer protocol because she claims that catheterization is her standard practice for all patients for all surgeries! I feel I was betrayed and had this pencil-sized Foley catheter forced into my urethra only because of her preference (only after I was anesthetized). My bladder was in fact nearly empty and the hernia repair took only 49 minutes.

Comment from: Coffeejoe, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

My Foley catheter was inserted after I suffered a spinal cord injury from a fall. That was two and a half years ago and it will likely be a more or less permanent fixture. My wife has been trained to remove and insert the catheter as needed. We usually exchange it every 5 to 6 weeks. Initially I did have a few urinary infections, but my last infection was eighteen months ago, so we are getting better. My main concern is getting the external tube and bag set up so things don't crimp causing my urine to stop draining and causing lots of pain and possible urine leakage. Good luck to all of you using a Foley catheter.

Comment from: Lacy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I had prostatectomy, which required a Foley catheter. Now I am getting the hint of an erection which causes urination.

Comment from: Gray1955, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 28

Last year I got very sick. I had my son take me to the hospital. After 5 tubes of blood the doctor came in and told me I had sepsis. I almost died. I was also in kidney failure. Then the problem started. He asked me for a urine sample. Urinating before I got to the hospital I did not need to go and I told him I can't urinate on demand. I've been like that all my life. He left and within 10 minutes 2 nurses came in. I asked what was going on and got no answer. They the male registered nurse told my son to leave. I asked again and still got no reply. He then told the other nurse to take my pants off. I started to ask again and I felt the catheter go in me. I gave up after that. He pulled that one out and forced in another one. He was pushing it in and out yelling at me if I have a prostate problem. I told him no, I urinated before I got there. I think he was mad because he never got it in the bladder. My son came in after and I told him what they did and he asked why they did not answer me at all. The second one hurt more than the first and I had blood on my gown. They will never do that to me again. A nurse is supposed to talk to the patient and explain what they are doing. I did not get that. No cleaning, no gel, nothing. I will never let that happen to me again. Sex has never been the same.

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 31

I had an excellent inguinal hernia repair (laparoscopy) and the only problem was the painful and unnecessary Foley bladder catheterization done after I was anesthetized. I found out later that it was simply my surgeon's preference and her past practice. Many surgeons long ago stopped catheterizing and simply request that the patient empty their bladder before the one hour surgery. So request for no catheter and if the surgeon resists find a better surgeon!

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 28

I had a very routine inguinal hernia repair. For this surgery and if patient empties the bladder beforehand, no Foley catheter is required. In my case my surgeon always orders catheters out of habit and for the staff's convenience. I am very angry that the surgeon subjected me to the many serious risks of bladder catheterization for no good reason.

Comment from: martin, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I had gone to see a urologist for bladder retention. He inserted (painfully) a Foley catheter. I later had horrible spasms and bleeding. After a week, I had it removed. My bladder failed, and I ended up going to emergency room and ended up in hospital for two days.

Comment from: Rick F, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 29

I had a Foley catheter for 13 hours after developing acute urinary retention. Anesthesia sickness following an inguinal hernia procedure. After it was removed, I was given six hours to urinate on my own, and have a clear bladder scan, or it was going back in for a week. With this ultimatum, I drank all I could, and passed that test after 5 hours.

Comment from: fred, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 21

I had a bladder cancer growth removed and scraping age 85.

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