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Suprapubic catheter

A type of urethra catheter

A suprapubic catheter is a thin tube used to drain urine from the bladder

About

A suprapubic catheter is a thin, flexible tube used to drain urine from your bladder. They're normally fitted for people who cannot empty their bladder properly due to a damaged or blocked urethra. We'll insert the catheter during a surgical procedure and then show you how to drain and care for it.

Need to know

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    We'll insert your suprapubic catheter during a surgical procedure. Your HCA UK consultant surgeon will make a cut in your tummy, a few inches below your navel (belly button). After inserting the catheter, they'll strap it to the side of your body. They'll then either attach it to a urine collection bag on your leg or add a draining valve. The procedure is normally carried out under local anaesthetic (which means we'll numb your tummy area), although it can also be carried out under general anaesthetic (which means you'll be asleep). After the procedure, we'll show you to care for, use and drain your catheter.
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    You'll be asked to attend a pre-procedure appointment with your HCA UK consultant surgeon. They'll explain the suprapubic catheter insertion to you and answer any questions you might have. Depending on the anaesthetic you'll be receiving, you may be asked to limit your food or drink intake in the hours leading up to the procedure.
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    After your procedure, we'll show you how to care for, use and drain your catheter. A suprapubic catheter is normally changed six to eight weeks, so we'll call you back to one of our outpatient centres to do this.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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