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If you have a general anesthetic do you have to have a catheter?
Generally only if it is a long op or if the surgical site in the vicinity e.g gynae procedures. But the majority of cases no. Can i ask what surgery? (i am an anaesthetist on mat leave, your post just caught my eye)
Oh good! I have another thread on this board but no ones replying so thought I would ask a specific question. I am highly stressed, went to hosp today expecting all to be fine and a few hours later I am seeing a pre op nurse. She couldnt get any blood out of me as crap veins and says my anaesthetist will have fun with me...! link about op I know its very minor but to me its scary
Not a nice thing to say about your veins, I think. That would not put me at ease. The anaesthetist you meet will hopefully just take his/her time looking for a good one and won't cause you too much stress. Pre op investigations are usually routine, part of pre op criteria so don't be too worried - you prob weren't singled out as such unless you have a significant med history.
Most anaesthetists will take out that tube when they are sure you are awake enough to be able to cough or gag if necessary,and that is usually as you are waking. And most people do not remember that period of recovery. The tube you will probably have is a relatively noninvasive one - it isn't the same as the endotracheal tubes used for very long surgeries or those that involve the abdomen or chest, so you may have a sore throat for a short time but it shouldn't be a big problem for you. I hope this helps you.
Let the anaesthetist know you are feeling nervous and what worries you - tell him/her about the tube, ask about the catheter. Our job is to keep you comfortable and safe. There is room to tailor the anaesthetic technique to suit you.
Sometimes a general anaesthetic can make your bladder a little sleepy and it can make it hard for you to pass urine.
The nurses on the ward will keep an eye on this and will be asking you if you have had a wee quite a lot. Sometimes if you don't pass urine for a few hours after your operation but your bladder is full and uncomfy you might need a catheter but it would only be in for a very short time.
I have helped wake people up and taken their tube out and then seen them the next day and they don't remember it at all. You will be fine but like kaxter says sometimes you can have an uncomfy throat.
I have had about 5 ops in my lifetime, and if wasn't for the fact that I have seen the tubes down people's throats on tv progs and dramas I would never have known I had them down my own throat! I have had no recall of it whatsoever.
I've been told always to ask for anaesthatists to do anything with my veins esp canulas as my veins do a vanishing trick when I'm anxious - they are the best people to do something like that and the ones most likely to do it efficiently, effecitively and with as little pain as possible (not thinking of one senior registra in particular who had 4 or 5 goes at getting wide bore cannula into me with no local first - and I was told later that this wasn't the best option anyway and, if the problem that he was anticipating had come about, they would have dealt with it then and there in a different way anyway )