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Foley Catheter Removal


Your Foley catheter was removed because you no longer need it. You may have certain urinary symptoms for up to 48 hours after your Foley catheter is removed. These include urinary urgency and frequency. Urinary urgency means you feel such a strong need to urinate that you have trouble waiting. You may also feel discomfort in your bladder. Urinary frequency means you need to urinate many times during the day. You may also have pain while urinating, or your bladder may not empty completely when you urinate.


Call your doctor or urologist if:

  • You do not urinate at all within 8 hours of your catheter removal.
  • You have a fever.
  • You are leaking urine.
  • You have urinary urgency, frequency, or trouble urinating for more than 48 hours after catheter removal.
  • You have pain while you urinate, or you feel like your bladder is not emptying completely for more than 48 hours after catheter removal.
  • You see blood in your urine.
  • Your abdomen is bloated.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Antibiotics may be given if you had surgery on your urinary tract.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Drink liquids as directed:

You may be asked to drink plenty of liquids after the removal of your catheter. This will help to flush out bacteria that can build up while using a Foley catheter. Ask your healthcare provider how much you should drink and which liquids are best for you.

Follow up with your doctor or urologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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