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The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. If you have an object in your urethra, you may have pain or bleeding. You may also get an infection.
If the object moves to the bladder, it can damage the bladder.
After the object is taken out, your urethra may feel sore or irritated. It may hurt or burn when you urinate.
Your doctor may put in a urinary catheter. This is a flexible plastic tube that drains urine from your bladder into a bag. The bag usually attaches to your thigh.
You may get a catheter if you can't urinate. Or you may get one to give your urethra time to heal. Your doctor will tell you how to care for it and when it can be taken out.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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