Catheter During or After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

General anesthesia is applied to patients during gastric sleeve surgery. In accordance with the procedure, the stomach is arranged and the excess parts are removed from the body. At the end of the procedure, patients are kept under observation in the hospital for a few days.

Is a catheter used for weight loss surgery? The answer depends on your doctor’s decision as they will make the most appropriate choice for your situation during and after the surgery.

When Is a Catheter Used?

The catheter is usually used for patients who cannot move after surgery. Since patients do not have the power or sense to go to the toilet, a catheter is used to prevent patients from encountering unpleasant situations.

In cases such as your post-operative condition, encountering different complications during the operation, and urinary bladder dysfunction, your doctor will perform the catheter set after the operation.

Will My Doctor Use a catheter After My Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

After sleeve gastrectomy surgery, patients usually recover within 2 to 3 hours. In order to prevent pain, pain relief supplements are applied under appropriate conditions.

Depending on your weight and the severity of your surgery, and your existing mobility, your doctor may decide to insert a catheter. However, in a normal gastric sleeve surgery, the probe is not applied.

Probes are avoided so that patients are more comfortable moving and meeting their own needs, and can adapt to daily life more easily.

The Side Effects of Using a Catheter

Using a probe does not cause serious harm to people. However, you might feel a burning sensation during urination or other times because of the irritation in the urinary tract caused by the catheter set.

The balloon, which keeps the urinary catheter in place, has a low probability of bursting. In this case, the probe may not be able to perform its function, causing negative situations to occur.

Bleeding may be seen in your urinary tract caused by the catheter set. However, this bleeding situation will stop on its own. There is also a very low chance that the probe will infect which is why necessary cleaning procedures are performed before insertion of the probe.

Consult Your Doctor Before Surgery

If you have serious discomforts or problems with the insertion of a catheter after your sleeve gastrectomy surgery, you should share your question with your doctor before the surgery. It is possible for the doctors to make extra applications when they deem it necessary.

Since your doctor is the person who will take care of you the most during and after your surgery, sharing your concerns, fears, complaints, or problems with them will make the whole operation and post-operative process more successful.

What Conditions Cause Problems After Using a Catheter?

Patients usually do not encounter serious conditions after catheter use. People lose all the effects of the probe within a few hours to a few days. Urine and urinary tract return to their former healthy state.

However, in some cases, you should talk to the doctor. These situations are;

  • The color of the urine turns red and does not lighten in the future;
  • You encounter a foul-smelling discharge from your urethra;
  • Increasing pain in the lower abdomen, high fever, chills, vomiting and nausea;
  • In cases such as urinary incontinence or not feeling the urine of the person, it is necessary to consult a doctor.

Can I Prefer Probe Insertion?

The insertion of a catheter after sleeve gastrectomy is your doctor’s choice rather than yours. Your doctor will not provide catheter insertion unless necessary. If you have a request for a catheter to be inserted, your doctor may reject your request.

If you have a bad perception of inserting a catheter after your stomach surgery is completed, it is important to tell your doctor about this. Your doctor will stay away from the probe assembly until needed. However, in some necessary cases, the insertion of a probe may be inevitable.

What are the Causes of Catheter Insertion?

The main reasons for inserting a catheter after some sleeve gastrectomy or other surgeries are as follows;

  • It is used after surgery for problems such as narrowing of the urinary canal, difficulty urinating or inability to urinate.
  • If your urine needs to be followed, a catheter is inserted to facilitate regular urine color and content follow-up.
  • If a urine sample is required for diagnostic purposes, a catheter can be used to avoid difficulties after surgery.
  • If you have difficulty getting up after the surgery, if you have excessive pain or incisions that prevent you from moving, a probe set is performed.

If you want to get detailed information about the use of the catheter after your surgery, our bariatric team is ready to answer all your questions. Just make contact with us 🙂