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Early Removal of Urinary Catheters in Patients After Rectal Surgery: a Prospective Study

Recent national surgical quality guidelines (Surgical Care Improvement Project, National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures)state that removal of urinary catheters should occur by post-operative day two for all surgical patients. These guidelines exclude neither patients who have undergone rectal surgery nor those with epidural analgesic catheters. The common practice among most colorectal surgeons is to leave urinary catheters in for three to five days for patients who have undergone rectal operations, due to concern for urinary retention. This study aims to explore the outcomes of following the national surgical guidelines for early urinary catheter removal, especially with regards to urinary retention and urinary tract infection.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Procedure: Early urinary catheter removal




Inclusion criteria

All patients at Stanford Hospital undergoing:

   - anterior resection

   - sigmoid colectomy

   - low anterior resection

   - abdomino-perineal resection

   - total proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-analanastomosis

   - coloanalanastomosis.

Exclusion criteria Patients with history of neurogenic bladder who had indwelling catheters
or required intermittent straight catheterization prior to surgery

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Moe Jalali, MD