Suprapubic catheter insertion

For some men and women, a long term catheter to drain the bladder is a necessity. Such patients may have a non-functioning bladder, or they may have complex care needs that are helped by a catheter.

A suprapubic catheter is a tube put through the lower abdominal wall (tummy) into the bladder under a short anaesthetic. Some patients find that this is easier to manage than a catheter tube through the urethra (water-pipe) and also more comfortable.

Once the suprapubic catheter is in place, it needs to be changed by a medical professional every 3 months. This can take place at home (i.e. with a district nurse) or in the outpatient setting.

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