December 1975

Catheterization in Anorectal Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(12):1506. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360180076017

• Urinary retention and catheterization are among the complications involved in anorectal surgery. One hundred patients who underwent hemorrhoidectomies were able to avoid both of these complications due to a combination of operative and postoperative procedures, including the following: (1) meticulous surgical technique; (2) restriction of fluids; (3) adequate doses of narcotics; and (4) preeducation of the patient and nursing staff, which resulted in spontaneous voiding in all of the patients by the morning after the operation, with or without a hot bath.

(Arch Surg 110:1506, 1975)