Treatment: Bladder Catheterization

In this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the bladder through the urethra (urethral catheterization) or through an incision in the abdomen (suprapubic catheterization). The catheter allows urine to drain out of the body if passing urine is not possible, if a person is incontinent, or if urine flow needs to be measured for diagnostic reasons. The catheter is held in place by a small, water-filled balloon. Some people may be taught to insert a catheter themselves several times a day to drain urine.

Urethral catheterization

The catheter is inserted along the urethra and into the bladder. Urine passes down the catheter into a drainage bag attached to a stand or worn around the thigh.

Suprapubic catheterization

This catheterization is used for drainage if the urethra is blocked. The catheter enters the bladder via an incision in the abdomen. Urine is collected in a bag.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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