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The reason for your visit today is to take out the urinary catheter. The catheter has been emptying your bladder. Once it is removed, we need to make sure you can empty your bladder yourself.  

How to Prepare

You do not need to prepare for this visit.

Steps for the Voiding Trial

You will be taken into a bathroom or exam room.

  1. The urinary drainage bag will be removed from your catheter.

  2. Fluid will be placed into your bladder through the catheter.

  3. Once you feel a strong urge to void, the balloon holding the catheter in place will be deflated. The catheter is then removed. 

  4. We will ask you to void into a cup to measure the amount. 

  5. You will have a visit with your urologist, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant after your voiding trial.

When to Call

Call your doctor or nurse if you have questions.

Who to Call

UW Urology Clinic: (608) 263-4757

If you are a patient receiving care at UnityPoint – Meriter, Swedish American or a health system outside of UW Health, please use the phone numbers provided in your discharge instructions for any questions or concerns.