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jambo101
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« on: January 04, 2019, 12:53:05 PM »

 My second attempt at a fistula has now failed and next Friday i get the installation of the catheter, what am i in for procedure wise? Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 02:12:28 PM »

Laying on your back in a semi-conscious pain free state in an OR, assuming your procedure is similar to mine.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 05:03:11 PM »

How long does the operation last?
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 05:16:08 PM »

Danged if I know, I was not keeping time and I was also having a PD cath removal done at the same OR visit.  I'd guess 30 minutes or so.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2019, 07:29:03 PM »

I've had at least one for 3 years.  Pain while installing depends on doctor, Radiologist or Surgeon.  Say goodbye to long, warm showers, swimming, drinking your fill of soda, your friends' backyard pool, working up a sweat while mowing or running a 5K etc.  If I must have D, a catheter would be my choice.
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2019, 08:38:00 PM »

Catheters pose serious infection risks, hence the fistula first initiative.

As to showering - see www.korshield.com - worked great 4 me.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2019, 05:22:34 AM »

>showering

My cath is on my upper right chest.  I cut off a cheap, $1 poncho so it draped just below the area.  It's made of saran wrap, so it is thin enough that I can pull the hood back and pinch it tight enough to form a seal around my neck while I wash my hair.  If the dressing gets damp, I splash it with alcohol.  Works ok.


>how long

30 minutes
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2019, 10:50:48 AM »

My catheter was also on my right upper-chest and fortunately I had it for about four years without any problems and no accident either and I feel very grateful about it.
The important point was for me at all times, to let no water ever to come near the chest-catheter and since water runs everywhere, I just used a flannel from the hip upwards and from the hip downward I used the shower.
Fortunately, the London Water-Board provides interested people with a very gently-and slowly-running shower-head, which not only saves water (which is their interest), but it certainly prevents accidents to happen with fast-running water on my chest-catheter (which was, of course, my interest...). This gently-soft-running shower-head from the London Water Board went really well with me and saved me from any infection and/or accident and I am very grateful for that.
Good luck and best wishes from Kristina. :grouphug;
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