You may have blood in your urine off and on for several weeks after urologic procedures. The blood can be tea-colored, pink or bright red; you may even notice some clots. You may have several days where your urine is clear to light yellow and then have some blood. This is normal.
As long as you are able to empty your bladder, and the urine clears up, you do not need to contact the office. If you have bright red blood that is very thick and lasts most of the day, or with pain or fever, call your physician’s office.
If you have a ureteral stent in place the blood may come and go while you have the stent. Drink plenty of fluids to help “rinse” your system. You may notice when you are more active, there seems to be blood. The urologic system has many little blood vessels that can bleed when the stent rubs against the tissue. This does not hurt or harm you and you do not need to limit your daily activity. A small drop of blood in urine can color the entire volume of urine.
Day of Surgery check in: Check in will be on 1B Admissions and is located on the main floor of the hospital, behind the Main Lobby. Parking is outside of the main hospital in lots 8 and 9. There is Valet parking available Monday- Friday from 5 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. If you drive up to the front of the hospital, Valet will help you. There is no charge for this service.
Baylis check in: Check in will be on the lower level of the Baylis Building. Parking is behind the Baylis and 751 SIU Clinic Building in the parking ramp off Miller Street. When entering from the ramp, take the elevators in front of you or take the elevators through the doors and to the right. Select lower level on the elevator and go to the surgery desk in the Baylis building.
Refer to the paperwork you were given from the hospital or outpatient surgery area. That paperwork has a contact number listed if you have questions or concerns after discharge.
If a home health agency was set up and has seen you, they are a good resource for any questions you may have.
General contact information for our Urology providers:
Springfield Clinic: Regular hours and after hours TeleNurse service 217-528-7541
SIU Urology Clinic: Regular hours #545-7500 and after hours SIU Clinic answering service 217-545-8000
While your catheter is in place:
- Wash hands with soap and water before and after handling the catheter and drainage bag.
- Empty your drainage bag once every eight (8) hours or as soon as the bag is half full. If you do not, the urine can back up into your bladder. This leads to a risk for infection and leakage around the catheter.
- To empty the drainage bag, loosen the clamp or twist the spout on the leg or large bedside bags. Do not touch the tip of the drainage tube.
- Drain the urine directly into the toilet or into a container and then pour the urine in the toilet.
- After emptying the drainage bag you may use a cloth or towel to wipe away any excess urine before closing the clamp or twisting the spout closed.
- Always keep the drainage bag lower than where the catheter comes out of your body. The urine cannot drain uphill or against gravity.
- Check the tubing for kinks. Urine cannot drain past a kink.
- Drink plenty of liquids to keep your bladder “flushed” out. Clear liquids and water are ideal. Try to drink enough fluid that your urine color is clear to light yellow. If you are on a fluid restriction, check with your provider on how much you should drink daily.
- Clean your body where the catheter comes out with soap and water daily. Make sure to rinse well, but do not soak in a tub while the catheter is in place.
- If you want to rinse your drainage bags, rinse the inside of the bag with warm soapy water and then with clear water. If you notice a strong odor inside the bag, fill the drainage bag with a solution that is one part vinegar to four parts water. Let it soak on the inside of the bag for about 30 minutes. Empty the bag and let it air dry.
- Never try to flush or insert anything into the catheter that is coming out of your body.
- Do not cut or attempt to manipulate the Y port that comes off the side of the catheter coming out of your body. This can cause the catheter to become dislodged, and you will need to go to the ER or your doctor for reinsertion of a new catheter.
- Urine leaking around the catheter can happen. This may occur when you are attempting to have a bowel movement because of the intra-abdominal pressure. Some patients have bladder spasms or cramps that are typically very short in duration and cause leakage around the catheter as it is occurring.
- If you are not having a BM or bladder spasm/cramp, and notice most of your urine leaking around the catheter and not draining into the drainage bag, call your doctor’s office.