Is it necessary to catheterise the bladder before laparoscopy?

Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1998 Apr;8(2):157-8.


Fifty patients had residual urine measured by catheterisation immediately before laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The median amount of urine in the bladder was 100 ml (range 5-500 ml). This urine volume does not distend the bladder enough to risk inadvertant perforation during insertion of a subumbilical port. Urinary bladder catheterisation is unnecessary before laparoscopy especially if the bladder is impalpable.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic* / adverse effects
  • Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic* / instrumentation
  • Drainage
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Palpation
  • Risk Factors
  • Urinary Bladder* / injuries
  • Urinary Catheterization* / instrumentation
  • Urine