Catheter Options



Catheter Options

There are many choices in Male External Catheters and all of them can help you in the process of emptying the bladder.

Among the various choices in your solution for incontinence here are some you will find on the market today are as follows:

• Standard catheter.

The standard catheter is a thin, soft and hollow tube. It is inserted through into the bladder through the urethra, allowing the urine to completely drain out. This catheter is used for intermittent self-catheterization.

• Indwelling Foley catheter.

This type of catheter will continuously stay in place with a balloon which is inflated with sterile water after it has been administered inside the bladder. The purpose of the inflated balloon is to prevent the catheter from slipping out. The down side to this method is that urinary tract infections are more likely to occur in the long term. Compared with intermittent self-catheterization but you can find more information care for an Indwelling Urinary Catheter.

• Condom catheter or Texas catheter.

Lastly, this method involves a special condom that goes over the penis. It is attached to a tube which will collect urine. Condom catheters are only intended for short-term use, long-term use can increase your risk of urinary tract infections and can cause damage to the penis with friction from the condom and can cause urethral blockage.

There are many reasons in which your condition would dictate the use of any of these methods for catheterization. Your medical professional can help you to research the choice that is best for you. Understanding your options and learning how to administer the catheter will give you a greater confidence in the use of external catheters.

Catheterization can cause discomfort with insertion, however a condom or Texas catheter has been known to cause the least discomfort. The reason for this is because it is not inserted into the urethra like the Standard Catheter or indwelling catheters which can cause you to feel discomfort while in place.

According to medical news, unfortunately catheters cannot cure incontinence but they have most certainly been proven as an effective way to allow you or your personal caregiver to manage incontinence.

And although these devices are in fact effective it’s common for some men to find catheters to be too uncomfortable or even painful and discontinue use. What’s important to remember is the use of catheters is completely under your control. Which means it can definitely be designed to fit into your lifestyle

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