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How to Take Out Your Urine Catheter

  • Remove your cather on:______________________________
  • You will feel a slight discomfort when you take out your catheter.
  • Drink lots of fluids; such as water, for the next 2 days.
  • It is very important to try to empty your bladder within 8 to 12 hours after the catheter is out.
  • Within 24 hours, you should be urinating (voiding, pee, make water) normally.


What you will need:

  • 10-12 ml syringe


  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Twist the syringe in the port to “lock” it in place.             
    Gently pull out the catheter
  3. Pull back on the syringe.  This pulls out the water from the balloon that held the catheter in place.
  4. Twist the syringe out of the port.  Throw it away.
  5. Take hold of the catheter and gently pull it out.  If you have any problems pulling it out; call your doctor.
  6. You may feel an urge to urinate.  Go ahead and try, but you may not have any urine for an hour or so.
  7. The first time you urinate, it sometimes feels like burning.


Call Your Doctor:

  • If after 8 hours, you are urinating only small amounts. 
  • If after 8 hours, you still have not urinated. 
  • If you are having trouble urinating or not being able to urinate.
  • If you have the sudden need to urinate.
  • If you have leaking of urine that happens often.
  • If you have pain coming from your bladder.
  • If you have a fever and/or chills.
  • If after 24-48 hours you still have a feeling of burning when you urinate.