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The SupraPubic Catheter is gaining more popularity in the medical field because of the many benefits it offers the patients. Since the catheter is inserted into the bladder above the pubic region it allows patients to maintain an almost uninterrupted lifestyle.

However, getting a catheter is a medical procedure and with any procedure there is the possibility for complication, so you should be aware of all possibilities prior to choosing a suprapubic catheter.

Normal Complications Associated with a Catheter

A catheter is a tube inserted into your bladder above your pubic wall, so there are some “common” complications and risk you should look out for anytime you have an inserted catheter:

  • Blood in Urine (Most common complication)
  • Infection and Fevers
  • Increased Pain and Discomfort sensations in the Abdomen

Specific SupraPubic Catheter Complications

Since this type of catheter is inserted into the abdomen wall instead of through the urethra there are specific complications and risk that you must lookout for when undergoing and utilize a SupraPubic catheter.

Coming “Un-Lodged” and Falling Out => Since the catheter is inserted through the wall of the abdomen and not the urethra the balloon that holds the catheter in place may become deflated and cause the catheter to fall out.

Catheter Insertion to Shallow => If the Catheter is not inserted inside the bladder far enough it could damage your stoma when the balloon is inflated. This could cause severe pain in your abdomen region.

Insertion is to Deep => On the flip side of the catheter not being inserted into the bladder enough, it is possible that the doctor could put the catheter in too far. If this happen the catheter could travel through the bladder and into the urethra. If the catheter is in the urethra when the balloon is inflated it could also cause a great deal of pain in the lower abdomen. In women this can be very serious as the catheter can poke through the urethra.

Just like with any medical procedure make sure you do your research and educate yourself prior to making any decision. Also, make sure you consult with your doctor about any other risk factors that may go along with this specific procedure.

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