Skip to main content

Suprapubic Cystostomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about suprapubic cystostomy?

Suprapubic cystostomy is surgery to create a stoma (opening) through your abdomen into your bladder. This opening is where a catheter is inserted to drain urine. You may need a cystostomy if your urine flow is blocked.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery.

What will happen during surgery?

Your surgeon will make a small incision in your abdomen below your belly button. Another small incision will be made in your bladder. The catheter will be inserted into your abdomen and bladder. Once the catheter is in place, the balloon on the end of the catheter will be filled with sterile water. This balloon keeps the catheter in place inside the bladder. The other end of the catheter will be connected to a clean drainage bag or closed with a valve. The catheter may be secured in the stoma with stitches or surgical tape.

What are the risks of surgery?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your organs or blood vessels may be damaged during surgery. Your bladder may become irritated. Long-term use of a catheter can lead to kidney stones, blood in your urine, or bladder inflammation.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

© Copyright Merative 2024 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.