What is a suprapubic catheter?
A Suprapubic Catheter is a urine drainage catheter which is
inserted into the bladder so that urine can be drained out, usually
when the normal way out for the urine is blocked. Instead of being
passed up through the urethra as is usual, the supra pubic catheter
is inserted through the abdominal wall just above the pubic bone
and into the bladder. This is a minor surgical procedure and
involves giving a local anaesthetic injected around the area before
the insertion. More often, this procedure is carried out as part of
a larger surgical procedure, ie. Prostatectomy, and will be
inserted in the operating theatre when you are asleep. The medical
term for "above" is "supra" hence Suprapubic, "above the
pubic", in this case it is refering to where it is positioned. This
can be a long term solution. Hope this helps.