I'm getting major jaw surgery and am wondering if I will need a catheter for the surgery. My surgeon said that the surgery will take about 4 hours, but I have also heard from patients who have had the same surgery that it can take much longer...like 4-6 hours. I've never had a catheter, and I've had many surgeries with this surgeon/in this hospital, just all of those past surgeries were under 3 hours. So, will I need a catheter for a 4-hour surgery? If so, will the catheter be removed before I wake up? I've heard it can be hard to pee after you've had a catheter in you - is this true? Can anyone tell me from experience what it's like to have a catheter in you and/or go to the bathroom after a catheter has been removed (as a female!)?
Asked On : Wed, 28 Jul 2010