Outpatient Catheter Removal

If the healing process of the sutured connection between the urethra and the bladder (anastomosis) is not fully completed at the time of your discharge, the catheter needs to remain in place for a few days. Just as during your in-patient stay, the urine is collected in a bag that can be worn inconspicuously beneath your trousers. Before your discharge, we will jointly agree on a date for the removal of the catheter. Our experience shows that this date must be regarded as a guideline as it is possible that the healing process can take longer. This is not uncommon and does not influence the success of the operation.

At the given time, the catheter is usually be removed by your urologist. If you wish, you can alternatively arrange an appointment with our outpatient department.

During this appointment at our outpatient department, an ultrasound examination will be carried out to ensure that no lymphatic fluid has accumulated in the pelvis. In some cases it is necessary for the patient to undergo special ultrasound or X-ray examinations to see whether the anastomosis has completely healed. Following the examination the catheter will be removed. This procedure is painless and is carried out by one of our nurses from the outpatient department. The nurse will explain in detail what you need to pay attention to in the following days and weeks. To judge the emptying capacity of the bladder after urination, another ultrasound examination of the bladder will be conducted. We kindly ask you to plan 2 to 3 hours for this outpatient treatment.