Urinary catheterisation management after laparoscopic hysterectomy: a national overview and a nurse preference survey

Evelien M. Sandberg*, Fleur S. Leinweber, Petra J. Herbschleb, Dorien M.A. Berends-van der Meer, Frank Willem Jansen

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the catheterisation regimes after a laparoscopic hysterectomy (LH) in Dutch hospitals and to assess the nurses’ opinion on this topic. This was particularly relevant as no consensus exists on the best moment to remove a urinary catheter after an LH. All 89 Dutch hospitals were successfully contacted and provided information on their catheterisation regime after LH: 69 (77.5%) hospitals reported removing the catheter the next morning after the LH, while nine hospitals (10.1%) removed it directly at the end of the procedure. The other 11 hospitals had different policies (four hours, up to two days). Additionally, all nurses working in the gynaecology departments of the hospitals affiliated to Leiden University were asked to fill in a self-developed questionnaire. Of the 111 nurses who completed the questionnaire (response rate 81%), 90% was convinced that a direct removal was feasible and 78% would recommend it to a family member or friend.Impact StatementWhat is already known on this subject? Although an indwelling catheter is routinely placed during a hysterectomy, it is unclear what the best moment is to remove it after an LH specifically. To fully benefit from the advantages associated with this minimally invasive approach, postoperative catheter management, should be, amongst others, optimal and LH-specific. A few studies have demonstrated that the direct removal of urinary catheter after an uncomplicated LH is feasible, but the evidence is limited.What the results of this study add? While waiting for the results of the randomised trials, this present study provides insight into the nationwide catheterisation management after an LH. Despite the lack of consensus on the topic, catheterisation management was quite uniform in the Netherlands: most Dutch hospitals removed the urinary catheter one day after an LH. Yet, this was not in line with the opinion of the surveyed nurses, as the majority would recommend a direct removal. This is interesting as nurses are closely involved in the patients’ postoperative care.What are the implications of these findings for clinical practice and/or further research? Although randomised trials are necessary to determine an optimal catheterisation management, the findings of this present study are valuable if a new urinary catheter regime has to be implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1120
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • direct catheter removal
  • laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • minimally invasive gynaecology
  • national overview
  • nurse survey
  • Urinary catheter


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