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Urinary Disorders

Air When Urinating

07/14/2009

Question:

I had surgery a week ago. They removed my gallbladder and did a nissen fundoplication (wrapping of the stomach for reflux). Last night I was urinating and toward the end air came out. It has been happening again today. Is this normal or could there be complications from the surgery?  

Answer:

It is possible that you had a catheter in during the procedure and air may have been introduced into the bladder then. Sometimes bladder infections can also be associated with air. I would suggest that you get in touch with your surgeon to examine you and check a urinalysis.

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Response by:

Donald R Bodner, MD Donald R Bodner, MD
Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University