Post Op Urinary problems

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I'm on 3 weeks post op sigmoid colectomy surgery.  During my 6 days in the hospital I had a cathedor. I was released with vicoden (for spasms ) & Norco.  I have no issue with going #2, but #1 has me concerned.  Almost like I have a UTI but no infection.  Strong urge to go,  hardly anything comes out and it's like being blocked.  As the day goes on it gets better.  It's nights that have me concerned. I am up at least 4 times where before I could sleep all night. From what I understand that is what the Vicoden is for to stop the spasms.  Does anyone know how long it takes for the swelling to go down so I can stop taking Vicoden? 

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    Wish I could help Glenda. I think we've had different surgeries. 6 days is a long time to have catheter in . I had mine out next day, however I do feel uncomfortable when I wee sometimes. Maybe ring your surgeons  office? Hope you get this resolved . 

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    Hi Glenda,

         Did the surgeon tell you if the bowel was attached to the bladder? It may take along time to heal! However if you are having burning or feel like you are not emptying completely you should have a culture done. The longer you have the catheter in the risk goes up for infection. Vicodin and Norco are both for pain check with your Dr if you should be taking both.

    If you are drinking a lot of water as the Dr ordered that could be the reason  for getting up at night.


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