A suprapubic tube is a catheter that is inserted into your bladder through the lower part of your abdomen in order to empty your bladder. This tube may be plugged into a bag or may be capped and periodically drained.
Those patients who cannot empty their bladders are potential candidates.
If you should decide to have a suprapubic tube placed after discussing all available options with your physician, UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute can schedule your procedure. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes in the operating room. You will be sent home shortly after the procedure has been completed.
Initially, we allow the site to heal for 6 weeks. After this, we will change the tube and place a new one. Once the tube has been changed once, we can either teach you how to do this at home or we can change it for you every 4-6 weeks. We recommend periodically irrigating the tube to remove sediment and prevent stone formation.