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In the hospital setting, nurses have to deal with this issue on a pretty regular basis. Pulling a Foley Catheter out causes:

* Pain * Hematuria (bloody urine) * Possible bladder trauma * Possible urethra trauma * Possible prostate trauma * Bladder irrigation * Surgical repair of damage * Possible short term, or even long term, incontinence * Increased risk for infection * Possible need for additional medical interventions

* ** Bladder irrigation

** Surgical repair

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If the water ballon is not deflated before removing the catheter it could cause damage to the urethra and pain. The ballon can be deflated easily by cutting the catheter which will allow the water to flow out.

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