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Reasons for Procedure
- Damage to the bladder
Blockage in the ureter, which is the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder, due to:
- Kidney stone
- Scar tissue
- A condition that is present at birth
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- Damage to nearby organs and tissue
- Kidney function loss
- Blood clots
- Reaction to the anesthesia
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
- The use of certain medications
- Liver failure
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
At the appointment before the test:
- Your doctor may do tests like a CT scan or ultrasound. You may also have blood and urine tests.
- Questions your doctor may ask include: Are you pregnant? Do you have any allergies to contrast material?
- Questions you should ask your doctor include: How long will the catheter need to stay in place? What signs should I look for in case there is a problem with the catheter?
- Arrange for a ride home from the hospital.
- Do not eat or drink for 8 hours before your procedure. If you are taking medications, ask your doctor if you should take them the morning of your procedure with a sip of water.
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to 1 week before the procedure.
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Your collection bag will be checked to make sure the catheter is draining your kidney well.
- You will be shown how to care for your catheter. You will be sent home with extra collection bags and dressing supplies.
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
- Do not let the collection bag get too full before emptying it.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Urine no longer drains
- Catheter is bent or twisted
- Leakage occurs around the catheter
- Signs of infection, including fever or chills
- Urine becomes cloudy, bloody, or smells bad
- Sudden pain
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, a lot of bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 03/2016
- Update Date: 04/29/2014