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Urine Retention and Oxycontin

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  • Posted By: looking4answers
  • May 2, 2008
  • 03:15 PM

Hi there!

To make a long story short, my 57 year old Dad died three days after a total shoulder replacement surgery. The autopsy showed an absolutely healthy individual and there were no signs of a cause of death. We are waiting to hear back from toxicology.

Docs sent him home the same day as surgery. He was on strong pain meds including oxycontin. The surgeon's physician's assistant called the first few nights after the surgery to check in with him. Each night, my Mom would tell the PA that he was not urinating (drops at the most). The PA told her each day that it was normal for him to not urinate.

On the third day after surgery, the PA called again and my mom told him same thing (no urinating). He again said it was normal. He also told her that things seemed to be going well so he wouldn't be calling again.

My Dad went to bed that night like normal. My mom went to bed around 11pm also and my dad was still breathing. She then woke up the next morning to find him in the exact same position, but he had passed away.

I am just trying to figure out if his lack of urinating and being on those strong meds could have had anything to do with his death.


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