Treatment / Other Bladder Procedures

Supra pubic catheterisation
See All Treatments

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.


  1. Under local or general anaesthesia, a small incision is made in the abdomen.
  2. The bladder is located, and the catheter is inserted, with its end protruding outside for connection to a drainage bag.

Post-Procedure Care:

  • 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.