Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Foul-smelling discharge coming from the urethra or in the genital area
Redness or swelling in the genital area
Pain in the urethral area or genital area
If the patient is sent home with a Foley catheter and a leg bag, he or she may develop urinary retention (inability to urinate). The catheter should not be left in place for long periods of time because this can lead to urinary tract infections, narrowing of the urethra, bladder stones, recurring bladder spasm, and abscesses along the urethra.
If the patient is sent home with a Foley catheter or has had a catheterization performed, he or she should go to the hospital's emergency department if they notice the any of the following:
Bleeding from the urethra
Nausea and vomiting
Symptoms of infection such as urinary frequency, urgency, or pain or burning sensation; blood in the urine; fever; increased lower abdominal pain; or foul-smelling discharge
Symptoms of acute urinary retention such as urinary hesitancy, straining to void, decrease in size and force of the urinary stream, interruption of urinary stream, sensation of incomplete emptying of the bladder
Irritative symptoms such as urinary frequency, urgency, pain or burning; increased urination at night; or wetting the bed at night