There is a misconception that a catheter in the bladder is only for the elderly.
However, the fact is anyone can find themselves in an unfortunate situation that requires the use of a catheter.
Depending on your situation your doctor might insert an Indwelling catheter, intermittent catheter, or apply a condom catheter.
An indwelling catheter serves the function of collecting urine outside the body in a bag that is attached to a tube that leads back to the patient’s bladder. The insertion is most often done through the urethra or through a surgical hole in the mid-section area.
Indwelling catheters are intended for long term use, in cases where a person is dealing with urinary incontinence issues, or urine levels need to be recorded. Another reason is that a person is suffering from spine injuries, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida or is recovering from surgery and is unable to reach the bathroom
The Foley catheter is widely used indwelling catheter, which has a balloon attachment at the end that contains sterile water, or saline to keep it in place in the bladder. The disadvantage of using Foley catheters is the urine flow might be interrupted due to blockage of the tube or the balloon might be defective. This can cause serious infection to the patient. It is strongly advised to have regular doctor visits to monitor the catheter.
The Condom catheter is a male external device that applies similar to a condom. It is rolls over the penis and has a tube that runs to a collection bag. Daily change of this catheter is necessary. And the Intermittent catheter is used to drain urine from the bladder periodically. Afterwards it is removed and discarded.
Catheter leg bags come in different sizes to suit your daily activities. They start at 8 oz and to up to 44 oz, and is convenient to move around. The bags are designed to detach easily for urine disposal in the toilet. For bedtime, there is the two liter bag that is adequate for most users. When you are resting, always keep the bag below your bladder, to prevent urine backflow. Ensure that the tube is properly secured in place with tape.
A trained health care professional will train you, on the finer points of changing and maintaining a clean catheter to avoid infection. Urinary tract infection can develop while using a catheter in the bladder. The catheter bag should be cleaned after ever use by flushing it with a sterile solution. Hang out the bag to air dry. Catheters are covered by Medicare and other health insurance so there is little to no out of pocket expense. We provide free samples and additional information for your better understanding of this issue. Kindly contact us to have your orders filled in a timely manner.