What is Suprapubic Catheter?

Category: Equipment


Generic name: Urinary Catheter

A suprapubic cystostomy is a surgically-created connection between the urinary bladder and the skin which is used to drain urine from the bladder in individuals with obstruction of normal urinary flow.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 12 7
Neurogenic bladder 11 6
General health 4 1
Improve mobility 3 1
Multiple system atrophy 2 0
Support quality of life 2 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 6
Mild 5
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Suprapubic Catheter

Side effect Patients
Urinary tract infection 2
Bladder leakage 1
Neurogenic bladder 1
Pain 1
Skin tenderness 1
Stoma bleeding 1

Show all 10 reported side effects


Based on patients currently using Suprapubic Catheter

Dosage Patients
daily 4
monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Suprapubic Catheter

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 3
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Other 1
See all 5 patients who've stopped using Suprapubic Catheter


Currently using Suprapubic Catheter

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped using Suprapubic Catheter

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 18
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 4
Not specified 9
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3 patient evaluations for Suprapubic Catheter

May 24, 2015 (Started Mar 26, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I had a wonderful surgeon in my awesome urologist. He has devised a technique for this procedure wherein The pleasure is filled to capacity, and the whole is then placed low on the pubic bone. I highly recommend.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 29, 2012 (Started Nov 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (infection, infected stoma)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I decided to have a supra pubic catheter insertion because I couldn't get from my chair or bed to the toilet via hoist, in time. Nappy pads left me sore and anyway, I enjoy going out for ooh, hours on end. I don't want to be tied to within pissing distance of my hoist! it's sore I find myself prone to UTIs and infection of the stoma site. It necessitates more care regimes and faffing about but it gives me freedom and that makes it worthwhile

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Feb 1, 2000 (Started Feb 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    Severe (pain)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: to each his or her own. mine was placed too close to current scar, when it must be changed, it bleeds tearing this scar tissue. continually becoming worse. i will go back to regular cath
Side effects: pain

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