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Difficulty urinating after removal of Hickman catheter

My husband has bladder cancer and has a Hickman catheter in place.  When that catheter is removed, what should we do if he has difficulty urinating.  Also how long should the cather stay in.  His urine is normal color now.  He had a transurethral resection last Wednesday, October 8, 2008, and the catheter has been in place since then.
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Hi,

Try to find out what kind of catheter and where it is inserted. Patients who undergo TURP may have a catheter (Foley catheter) after the procedure. The duration would vary from about 3 to 10 days, depending on the specifics of the procedure. A Hickman catheter is a vascular catheter – meaning it is inserted into a blood vessel. Some patients who undergo urologic procedures may have Hickman catheters in place when there is a need for dialysis usually done prior to the surgery. It would perhaps be best to discuss your anxieties with the doctor. Stay positive.
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