Upgrade to Chrome Upgrade to Firefox Upgrade to Internet Explorer Upgrade to Safari

What is a Suprapubic Catheter and How does it Work?

Foley catheters are soft, hollow tubes that are inserted into the bladder to drain urine. Sometimes the the catheter is inserted via the urethra and sometimes it is done suprapubically.

What is a Suprapubic Catheter?

Suprapubic catheter

A suprapubic catheter is a foley catheter that is inserted directly into the bladder via an incision in the abdominal wall.

Do I Need a Different Catheter?

Foley Catheter; Indwelling Catheter; Suprapubic Catheter

The same kind of foley/indwelling catheter can usually be used  both via the urethra and via a suprapubic incision; check with your healthcare professional if you are unsure. If you are to have a suprapubic catheter inserted, it will be done as a procedure in hospital under local or general anesthetic.

How Does a Suprapubic Catheter Work?

Suprapubic catheter

In the same way as an indwelling catheter inserted via the urethra! Suprapubic catheters works by draining urine from the bladder. You will need to have a catheter bag or catheter valve fitted to collect the urine.

Read more about Great Bear’s All Silicone Foley Catheter here

Other Articles you may be Interested in:

Introducing GB Cath Kit

The Consequences of an Unsecured Catheter

Why is my Catheter Bag Purple?

Subscribe to our Email List (Article Pages)

  • Receive more like this every week

    Learn how to get the best out of continence products whilst gaining access to free lifestyle tips and advice by joining our newsletter.

What is a Suprapubic Catheter and How does it Work?