kara24 Asked October 2010

My mother is unable to empty her bladder after having a foley catheter following surgery. Has anyone heard of this?

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Has anyone heard of this? My Mother is unable to fully empty her bladder and her doctor has her remaining with a foley cath, possibly permanently. Anyone have any experience with this situation. I am hoping there is a way to get her bladder working again. Any advice? Questions I should be asking, etc?

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EXPERT Carol Bradley Bursack Oct 2010
I have heard of difficulties, but generally the bladder gets retrained. I hope the doctor can figure this out. If she isn't seeing a specialist, she probably should.
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kara24 Oct 2010
At 89, do you think the bladder can still be retrained? And yes, I think I will look into finding a geriatric urologist for her.
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kara24 Oct 2010
Thank you!
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3kidsma Apr 2013
Happened to my Mom too, she's 85. 5 months with a catheter, nothing has changed.
She has dementia, and tries to empty it herself (she is now in assisted living) and doesn't put the cap back on tight. So there is leakage into her shoe, which creates an odor. So I'm constantly having to figure out how to correct this, buying her shoes, spraying them. She would be mortified if she knew about the odor. :(
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