Hi, I saw your post and wanted to ask you about your experience with finding that had a bladder tumor. I recently had a cystoscopy and they found one small tumor I'm going in for a TUBR in one month. I am stressed out and feel that I need the surgery done immediately. Am I real overreacting related to your experience?
With a long history of serious stone problems and resulting procedures, I have removed catheters, as well as a stent, myself. It is very easy, and not painful at all, though it does feel a bit weird coming out. I stand in the bathtub to do it. When you cut the tube to empty the balloon, be sure that the tube is pointed toward the wall, bottom of the tub, or shower curtain, as the water can squirt all over the place. You could also use a towel to catch it. Be prepared for a feeling of relief from having the thing gone. Also, I have never suffered from any discomfort during urination immediately following removal, as I had feared, but it does seem that I have to urinate several times in pretty quick succession when it is out.
As a male patient, I prefer standing close to a toilet so to empty liquid easily if any.
Then use a scissor to cut the short tube, this would deflate the ballon.
After a minute or two, you can slowly pull the catheter out and dump it,
since I had turbt surgery at hospital that is 250 miles from home, they said that I could take foley catheter out by myself. One nurse told me to sit in bed to do this another said stand in shower. Has any pne done this? how difficult iz it to remove