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Urinary Retention after Back Surgery

mjyfgslmmjyfgsl Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had surgery April 27 and I have severe Urinary Retention .I am wondering if this is normal .I'm on Catherer #2 and taking Flomax


  • of this, but I have read that it can happen.
  • At what level was your surgery? What did you have done?
  • L4-5 Discectomy
  • Not sure I fully understand, but depending upon what pain medication you are taking, it can make it difficult to begin to urinate and then keep a steady stream. Hydrocodone and Oxycodone have both done that to me. I'm assuming you're male based upon the use of Flomax.
  • Yes ,male .I was on Percoset in the hospital and took myself off it when I went home
  • So, you had surgery just a few days ago, right? I believe that it is very common to have urinary retention due to general anesthesia. I think it should resolve in a couple of days, but then again, if you were taking Percocet (Oxycodone) very recently, that could also make it difficult to urinate. Not to embarass you or myself, but you may want to try sitting down and just relax and give yourself some to time to go. Standing can be very uncomfortable so soon after surgery and I believe that adds to the difficulty of going.

    Disclaimer: I'm just saying this from my own experience having had two discectomies, a fusion, and two arthritic foot surgeries (five surgeries in two years). So, I have had a lot of personal experience with both general anesthesia and post-surgical medications such as Percocet, but I am not medically qualified to make any diagnosis or other treatment recommendations to you.
  • I had a catherer put on after the surgery ,the next morning it was removed .I drank 2500 cc's of fluids and gave back 450 cc's.A second catherer was put on and I was discharged .
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