How to Remove Your Foley Catheter

  • There will be some fluid (water or urine) drainage when removing the catheter so stand in the bathtub or shower when removing the catheter.  This does not mean, however, that you must take a bath or shower at this time.
  • Using scissors, cut the catheter tubing at the “Y” (see diagram below)
  • A small amount of water will drain from the inflation port, showing that the balloon inside has deflated.
  • After all the water has drained out, slowly pull out the catheter until it is completely removed.
  • Do not force the catheter by pulling too hard.  If you cannot remove the catheter with only slight pulling, come to the emergency department for assistance.


Michelle Strovski, Maple Ridge Urology, Serving Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, and Vancouver.