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not to wee after general anaesthetic

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JeanneFrench · 06/05/2021 09:13

I had a general anesthetic for a small op
yesterday morning. I came round at 11am and they let me go to the loo at 12.30pm. It was a small dribble of strongly metallic smelling wee.

Since then I've been drinking water but only managed 2 or 3 more tiny dribbles of wee. It's now after 10am.

Doesn't hurt to wee but do have quite a lot of pain in right buttock (especially when sitting) - not unlike javelin arse but in the buttock not anus. Have painkillers which alleviate it a bit.

I also haven't had a poo or urge to poo. Have had light lunch, a coffee, and normal dinner yesterday, and some breakfast this morning.

Was fasting before op since 10.30pm the night before and no water since 6am yesterday (until after op).

Is this normal? Where is my wee?!

OP posts:

Coldilox · 06/05/2021 09:14

Are you still in hospital?


cakefanatic · 06/05/2021 09:16

I don’t think especially normal - if in hospital have a chat with the nursing staff. If at home phone the ward?


JeanneFrench · 06/05/2021 09:20

I'm at home; I came home after the op.

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ParkingFeud · 06/05/2021 09:21

Sorry if this is offensive or anything, it's meant to be helpful...our dog had a general anaesthetic recently and everything really slowed down for a bit. Think a poo took 3 days, then another few days without one. Vet said it's normal. Maybe the same for people?!


WorkWorkAngelica · 06/05/2021 09:22

Don't think the poo is such an issue but you should be weeing. I would phone them and let them know.


Coldilox · 06/05/2021 09:23

The weeing is concerning, I think general anaesthetic can cause urinary retention.


ICUNurse · 06/05/2021 09:24

This is not normal and you might be in urinary retention. Please seek medical advice!


Pomped · 06/05/2021 09:30

Agree, you should have been given a number to call on your discharge information with any concerns. Call it and tell them that you haven’t urinated since being discharged. Are you on any opioid painkillers?


PhannyPharts · 06/05/2021 10:27

Constipation can happen after a GA but not weeing- I'd get advice on as soon as possible


JeanneFrench · 06/05/2021 14:48

Thanks. Haven't got a number so called clinic and they said to call surgeon but he was with a patient so his assistant asked him and he said to call an ambulance. Waiting for that now.

Hope I don't have to go back into hospital as cannot dress myself so am wearing a weird combination of smelly garments (can't shower yet and too painful to stripwash).

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Puntastic · 06/05/2021 14:50

Oh dear, OP it must be horribly stressful. I'm glad you sought help and hope you're on the mend soon.


Ducksurprise · 06/05/2021 14:50

Hope it all goes OK, not weeing in women is dangerous.


HairyPotter · 06/05/2021 14:52

Are you me?
I’m exactly the same although still in hospital. They had to put a catheter in at midnight as is was so painful. I’m not allowed home until I wee again. It’s been out for 3 hours and I’ve drunk loads but nothing has happened.
You should definitely call hospital, you could become seriously unwell if you leave it too long.
Hope you feel better soon Thanks


JJSS123 · 06/05/2021 14:54

Hope you’re ok! Sorry if TMI but did you have the surgery anywhere near your vagina? I had a hysteroscopy and couldn’t wee for days I had to stay in


osbertthesyrianhamster · 06/05/2021 14:56

This happened to me after a surgery on my leg. I didn't realise how serious it is. It was in another country and I rang the surgeon and he told me to go to A&E. I didn't want to because I was sick of hospitals but had to and wound up with kidneys in a bit of trouble and I had to stay in for a couple of days.


FeelinHappy · 06/05/2021 14:57

Please don't worry about clothes etc, it's completely normal post-op. Hope you are ok.


CausingChaos2 · 06/05/2021 14:58

You’ve done the right thing calling for an ambulance. Hope they get you sorted soon.


QuizzlyBear · 06/05/2021 14:58

After I gave birth the second time I was in horrendous pain and had a huge swelling in my lower belly. It turned out that the catheter they'd put in during the epidural had been done badly by an incompetent and when they removed it, my urethra swelled shut.

I basically had a bladder so full and stretched that I was back on gas and air and could actually see the bulge of it through my wobbly stomach! I couldn't pee at all and eventually they had to force another one in just to relieve the pressure.

Did your surgery involve a catheter at any point?


JeanneFrench · 06/05/2021 18:38

Thank you to everyone, I'm bowled over by your kindness to take time to write words of advice and comfort to me, a stranger.

The surgery was on my vagina, yes, but didn't involve a catheter.

I have now been examined and apparently everything is fine, urination will get back to normal fairly soon. Apparently I don't have any urine waiting to be passed.

Now I'm just in incredible pain from all the moving around...and next painkiller not due until midnight. Wish I could teleport myself home to bed now.

Thanks again to everyone.

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TheSpottedZebra · 06/05/2021 18:40

What painkillers are you taking? Could you take a different one?
You'll never wee if you're wincing from current and future pain!


Theunamedcat · 06/05/2021 18:44

Try redbush tea it makes everyone pee i had to drink it after ds 3 to up my urine output as they refused to let me go until I had done a "big wee" (she even marked the urine collection bowl and told me I needed to get to that line)


CharlotteRose90 · 06/05/2021 18:47

Depends where the surgery was but I had stomach surgery and didn’t go to the toilet for 24 hours. The nurses said it was fine as I wasn’t desperate and had no sensation. I
Also didn’t get out of bed due to having a drain in .


JeanneFrench · 06/05/2021 18:55

Thanks, I haven't got any redbush tea but will try to get some if I can walk to a shop tomorrow.

Painkillers prescribed begin with L. 1 every 6 hours. They do help a bit but the pain never goes away, especially in my right buttock. Shuffling to the bathroom hurts, but sitting on the toilet itself is agony, by far the worst sensation.

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fallfallfall · 06/05/2021 19:01

Tramadol and Tramacet gives me urinary retention. Is a common unfortunate side effect, not quite allergic reaction but not helpful.


Serin · 06/05/2021 20:08

OP, do you have someone around to help you?
The not being able to dress yourself and thinking of walking to the shops tomrw after surgery are concerning.
If you are near me can I help in some way? North west.

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