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Obstet Gynecol. 1997 May;89(5 Pt 2):844-6.

Incisional hernia after suprapubic catheterization.

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Evanston Continence Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Evanston Hospital, Northwestern University Medical School, Illinois, USA.



Suprapubic catheterization is a popular method of bladder drainage after gynecologic surgery. We report two cases of incisional hernia that developed after suprapubic catheterization.


The first case involved a 64-year-old woman who underwent Burch urethropexy. Her suprapubic catheter was not removed until postoperative day 55 because of prolonged retention. She presented 1 month later with abdominal pain. In the second case, a 65-year-old woman had vesicovaginal fistula repair with suprapubic catheterization for 2 weeks after surgery. Five months later, she presented with abdominal pain. In both cases, examination revealed a hernia at the catheter exit site.


Incisional hernia is a rare complication of suprapubic catheterization that should be considered in patients who present with abdominal discomfort some time after catheterization.

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