Suprapubic Catheter Insertion
Introduction: A suprapubic catheter is a tube inserted into the bladder through a small incision in the abdomen above the pubic bone. It drains urine when other methods aren’t possible or suitable.
Why a Suprapubic Catheter?:
- Long-term bladder drainage, especially if a regular catheter causes frequent infections.
- Blockages or strictures in the urethra.
- Surgery recovery or certain medical conditions where it’s essential to avoid the urethra.
- Some people find it more comfortable and convenient than a urethral catheter.
- Under local or general anaesthesia, a small incision is made in the abdomen.
- The bladder is located, and the catheter is inserted, with its end protruding outside for connection to a drainage bag.
- Keeping the area clean and dry to prevent infections.
- Regularly checking for signs of infections or blockages.
- Flushing the catheter as advised by the medical team.
- Seeking medical advice for discomfort, swelling, redness, or unusual discharge.
Both bladder stone removal operations and suprapubic catheter placements are well-established procedures. Proper post-operative care and regular check-ups can ensure a quick recovery and help prevent complications. Always consult with a urologist or medical professional about any concerns about these procedures.