I had Laminectomy TLIF fusion of L4/L5 with bone graft and instrumentation on 5/12/14. The day after surgery my bladder was hurting like it was FULL even though I had a catheter in it. They emptied my bag and thought that should help, well within an hour my bladder was back to being uncomfortable. They decided to take the catheter out and let me go on my own. Shortly after removing I felt I had to go, so sat on the pot and nothing was coming out except a drizzle here and a drop there. Each time my urethra was in pain. They ran test to make sure I didn't have an infection. Again, I tried to go a little later and nothing and I was in a lot of pain. The nurse scanned my bladder and I had 475 units in my bladder, they did a straight cath to get it out. Couple hours later again I'm in pain, bladder scan shows 600+ units. They decide to do another full catheter and leave it in until Thursday when I was released from hospital. I did go a couple times by myself but only 50 units. When I got home that feeling of fullness came over and no amount of praying, relaxing or whatever was getting it out. I got in the shower and ran hot water down my legs and finally released some. This was only way it was coming out. I called surgeon next day they said get to urologist ASAP. Went to urologist, got scanned and had a liter of urine in my bladder this time. I had to get another catheter since my spine surgery does not allow me the ability to cath myself each time I have to go. Now I have a follow up on Wednesday with urologist to see if the trauma from spine surgeryk has lessened enough to allow my bladder to do its own thing without help. If it doesn't, I'm back to a catheter until such time that I'm off pain meds, and am having regular BMs.
I just don't know how often this happens, if it happens at all, or if I'm just lucky.
L4/L5 fusion TLIF for spondylolisthesis on 5/12/14