Removing the catheter at home is easy and has no serious risks. We have you do this in the morning so we are more available if you need help.
The catheter is a hollow tube with an opening in each end. A side arm can be seen that allows a small balloon to be filled with sterile water so the catheter will not fall out. The balloon must be emptied to remove the catheter.
You will need:
• a pair of scissors
• a towel
Place a towel under the side arm. To remove the water from the balloon you will need to cut off the side arm so the water in the balloon can drain out. The balloon will drain 1-2 teaspoons of water in about 30 seconds. If no water drains, do NOT attempt to remove the catheter. Call office.
Make sure you cut off the side arm completely and some water has drained from the balloon.
Gently pull the catheter out. It should be easy to remove. Throw it away in the garbage.
**If it is difficult or painful to remove, do NOT pull forcefully—call office.
Expect a slight burning with urination for the first day or so.
Call if: you are unable to urinate or have the sensation that you are not emptying your bladder.
Please call Gynecology at 541-754-1267 if there are any questions.