Suprapubic catheter

A type of urethra catheter

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

What is a suprapubic catheter?

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

  • What happens during the catheter insertion? icon plus

    We'll insert your suprapubic catheter during a surgical procedure. Your HCA UK consultant surgeon will make a incision in your stomach, a few inches below your belly button.

    After inserting the catheter, they'll fix it to the side of your body with a strap. 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 will numb your stomach area, in some cases it may be carried out under general anaesthetic. After the procedure, we'll show you to care for, use and drain your catheter.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.
  • After the insertion icon plus

    After your procedure, we'll show you how to care for, use and drain your catheter. A suprapubic catheter is normally changed within six to eight weeks, so we will call you back to one of our outpatient centres to do this.

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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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