The Suprapubic Catheters are used only in cases where normal catheters cannot be used. This type of catheter is a thin, sterile tube which is used to drain the urine from the bladder. The Suprapubic Catheter is inserted into the bladder through a cut made in the lower belly, just above the pubic bone and a small balloon is inflated to keep the catheter in place. A urine bag is attached to the thighs to hold the urine or the catheter tube has a valve through which the urine can be drained in the toilet or any other container.
The Suprapubic Catheter is used if the patient has nerve damage or has problems with the bladder or urethra. Although Suprapubic catheterization needs to be performed with proper anesthesia, otherwise the procedure may turn out painful.
The Suprapubic Catheters are used in cases where the patients have undergone a urethral trauma. Patients who require long-term catheterization are recommended to use Suprapubic Catheters. It also used after some gynecological operations such as prolapsed uterus or bladder.