The association of thoracic epidural analgesia and urinary retention after complex abdominal wall reconstruction (CAWR) is unknown. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between the presence of a thoracic epidural, timing of Foley catheter removal, and the rates of urinary retention and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in patients undergoing CAWR. All patients undergoing CAWR, who had an epidural catheter for postoperative pain management at our institution from September 2015 through April 2016, were prospectively followed. Patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 had their Foley catheters removed on postoperative day one, whereas Group 2 had their Foley catheters removed after epidural removal. The incidence of urinary retention and CAUTI were compared between the two groups. A total of 67 patients met inclusion criteria; 27 (40.3%) patients were in Group 1. Patients in Group 1 were significantly more likely to experience urinary retention requiring Foley catheter replacement (P 5 0.02). There was no statistically significant difference in the rate of CAUTI between the two groups (P 5 0.51). Patients undergoing CAWR with thoracic epidural pain management are at risk of experiencing postoperative urinary retention. Foley catheter removal after epidural removal does not place the patient at an increased risk for CAUTI and therefore should be strongly considered in this patient population.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Nov 2018|
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