Permanent Urinary Catheter Medical Procedure

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A urinary catheter is any tube system placed in the body to drain and collect urine from the bladder.

Alternative Names

Catheter - urine; Foley catheter; Indwelling catheter; Suprapubic catheters


Urinary catheters are used to drain the bladder. Your health care provider may recommend a catheter for short-term or long-term use because you have or had:

  • Urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or the inability to control when you urinate)
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