For me I woke up with a catheter. I was told I had to have it in me for 24 hours and they were measuring output.
They also wanted me to walk very soon after surgery but it's so hard with that stupid catheter! I told my surgeon I'd walk a mile for him if he took that stupid thing out. lol Didn't work.....had to have it in for 24 hours. (sigh)
Oh and if you are nervous about it, there is nothing to be nervous about. It doesn't hurt, it's just cumbersome. When they remove it, it doesn't hurt either.
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Even if they leave it in, you will still be on pain medication when they remove it, so you may not feel anything at all. I have never had it actually hurt.
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It was nothing. You'll be fine. Seriously. I was a crying freaking out psycho mess about the catheter. I lived. Obviously. LOL
If you have a list of questions yet, I would write them all down, and call them tomorrow.
Also, you'll want to watch for a possible UTI afterwards. Although most catheters do not cause any kind of infection, it is still a way that bacteria could be introduced into your bladder. Ask your surgeon what to watch for.