The effect of early removal of indwelling urinary catheter on postoperative urinary complications in anterior colporrhaphy surgery


: Dr Leila Sekhavat, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shahid Sedoughi Hospital, Shahid Sedoughi University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Yazd, Iran. Email:


Objective: To assess whether immediate removal of an indwelling catheter after anterior colporrhaphy influences the rate of re-catheterisation and symptomatic urinary tract infections.

Methods: A prospective randomised study conducted on 90 women divided into two groups who underwent anterior repair. The indwelling catheter was removed immediately (early catheter removal), and at least 24 h after the operation in case and control groups, respectively. The association between clinical variables and the duration of catheterisation and continuous data were analysed by χ2 test and two-tailed t-test, respectively. Excel and SPSS 15.0 software were used, and a P-value of 0.05 or less was considered to indicate statistically significant differences.

Result: Symptomatic urinary tract infection was significantly lower in early catheter-removal group; also patients in this group reported significantly less pain and voiding disturbances. Only a few of women required re-catheterisation after failing to void and all were able to resume normal voiding, also had shorter ambulation time and hospital stay.

Conclusion: Early removal of an indwelling catheter immediately after anterior colporrhaphy was not associated with adverse events and increased rate of re-catheterisation. In this group, symptomatic urinary tract infection was significantly lower. Moreover, early removal of indwelling catheters immediately after operation seemed to decrease the ambulation time and hospital stay.