Bladder Pressure Assessment Periprocedural Care

Updated: Apr 18, 2013
  • Author: Pamela I Ellsworth, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Patient Education & Consent

It is helpful to discuss what the procedure entails with the patient to alleviate any anxieties. The patient should know that a topical anesthetic will be used for catheter placement, but the patient will be able to drive himself/herself home after the procedure.

Patient Instructions

Patients who void volitionally are asked to arrive with a full bladder.


Monitoring & Follow-up

Patients should be instructed that, upon completion of the procedure, some discomfort is common with voiding the first few times following the procedure. Persistence of discomfort, particularly if associated with other signs/symptoms of a urinary tract infection, should prompt a urinalysis and culture. Rarely, the patient may see blood in the urine for the first void or two after the procedure. If this persists, the patient should contact the provider.