Had a foley for the catheter which was discharged as soon as I could get up to walk. Had a foley drain for collecting blood from the surgery site for 2 or 3 days after surgery.
Didn't go home with any tubes, foleys, or the sort.
The reason I heard for the catheter (besides making it easier on you the day of/after surgery to go #1) is that the surgery is such a long procedure.. It needs to be in place in case ya gotta "go" while you're in OR.
My catheter came out (wah) a couple days after surgery..and the drain too.
[QUOTE=SusanPLIF]My catheter came out (wah) a couple days after surgery..and the drain too.[/QUOTE]Same here, I just wanted to comment on that wonderful invention, "The Catheter". That device had me more worried than the actual surgery did weeks leading up to the big day. And when the day came to take it out ([I]two days after surgery[/I]) I was overcome with joy. Those nurses must enjoy that part of their job. We patients give them hell for a couple of days, but then it’s payback time. My nurse rolled me over and said, “OK, you’re going to feel a slight pressure”, then WHOP! The 3-inch diameter hose ([I]slight exaggeration[/I]) is out and OH what a feeling, then the joy sets in. I didn't even want to think about that metal spigot sticking out of my back, if I would have known I was getting one of those too, I would have had to upped my valium dosage considerably. All in all, it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined, and time flies when you're sedated.
I just thought I would share that personal experience with you all.
3level laminectomy,discectomy&PLIF L3-S1 02/20/04
6cages 8screws 2rods (oh my!) w/local bone graft
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Maybe it has to do with anatomy. As a female I wasn't even aware of my catheter. It did it's job and I didn't have to move for 2 days. And I didn't even feel it when they took it out. It was bliss and I was sorry to see it go.
I have placed many foleys, and it does seem it is more uncomfortable for men. That being probably b/c of the prostate and the length of the urethra.
Another question: if I have a fusion, can I ride rollercoasters? I was wondering. I love them, and it saddens me that I can never ride one again. I know for sure with the ddd discs and bulges that it wouldn't be a good idea. But, when fused, is it possible???
hey, I was just curious!
oh well, any rides I can go on?? Well, sucks if we have any kids. My hubby can't go on them well b/c of his DDD and equilibrium issues since he had a bilateral stroke when he was 17, and then you got me. Aren't we a pair???
oh well. One more thing taken away from me. But you know, I wouldn't change a thing. All the years of cheerleading and my nurse asst job, wow, just things I would do over again. But, maybe where work was concerned, I would watch myself better. I don't care for virtual rides, but like said before, we don't think we want kids, and if we do, not for atleast eight years. Hopefully.
Hey Mel, thanks for asking the roller coaster question . I have been thinking about that but refused to ask my Dr. being that in the big picture of life...should I really be upset about not being able to ride another coaser? But I sure do love the rides I guess I'll be finding my fun elsewhere. Anyway, hope your day's going well.
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