Suprapubic Catheter Removal
Home Care Instructions Following Removal of Suprapubic Catheter
Your bladder has had a period of rest while the suprapubic catheter was
in place. Now that it has been removed, you will need to follow some special
instructions for 1-2 weeks in order to help the catheter site heal and
to retrain your bladder. The feeling of bladder fullness may be decreased
or lost as a result of the surgery. Following the instructions below will
help to keep the bladder from getting too full.
- You should try to empty your bladder every 2 hours around the clock
for the next 1-2 weeks, even if you do not feel the need to urinate.
Set your alarm to wake you up during the night.
- Drink normal amounts of fluids. DO NOT FORCE FLUIDS.
- Do not drink fluids for 2 hours before going to bed.
- Limit beverages with caffeine to 2 servings a day. Examples are coffee,
tea, cocoa, and may sodas.
- Clean the catheter site twice a day with normal saline, using a Q-tip,
and cover with gauze. You can expect the site to drain small amounts
of urine for a few days.
You should call the Gyn Oncology office at 319-356-2015 8:00 a.m.-5:00
p.m., Monday - Friday, or 319-356-1616 after hours and ask for the Gynecology
resident on call if any of the symptoms listed below occur.
- Inability to urinate, pain or burning on urination.
- Fever of 100o or higher and/or chills.
- Increase in redness, swelling or drainage from the catheter site.
Small amounts of urine are to be expected for the first few days after
the catheter is removed.
- Sudden or gradual increase in abdominal pain, back or leg pain.
- Any questions or concerns.
Peer Review Status: Internally
Peer Review Date: 2004