MemberOctober 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Laproscopic without catheter or open with mesh
I use catheters selectively with laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs. I have performed lap repairs since 1993 and have never had a bladder injury. If a patient is at risk for urinary retention, a bladder scan can be performed in the OR after the patient voids and is asleep. If the bladder is empty, they is no need to place a catheter. Many surgeons will use a catheter for every case and this is not incorrect, I just prefer the selective catheterization technique.