A catheter is a fine tube placed into your bladder in order to drain urine. A catheter is placed for a variety of reasons which include:
- Inability to pass urine
- To allow healing after urological surgery
- Management of urinary incontinence
- To allow bladder function tests (such as Urodynamics)
The catheter has been placed into your bladder via your urethra (urine tube), or directly into your abdomen or supra-pubically. The catheter is held in place by a balloon filled with water and will not fall out in normal use.
Most catheters can be left in place for up to 12 weeks.