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- Neurogenic: Spinal Cord Injuries: Trauma to your spinal cord could temporarily or permanently impair the connections needed for your bladder to function.
- Neurogenic: Spina Bifida: Present at birth, spina bifida is a developmental defect of the spinal column in which the spinal nerves are exposed to some degree. The severity varies and can result in impaired mobility as well as bladder and bowel function.
- Neurogenic: Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative, chronic autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. It’s the most common cause of neurological disability for young adults, affecting one in 800 people across Europe and North America. As the disease progresses, myelin, the protective coating around the nerve cells, is destroyed, leading to the breakdown of bodily functions, including bladder control.
- Non-Neurogenic: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Enlarged Prostate): Often caused by prostate cancer, Men diagnosed with BPH may see their condition worsen as the prostate grows.
TYPES OF CATHETERS
Indwelling and external: A “catheter” is the flexible tube that’s inserted into your bladder to allow for drainage. Indwelling catheters, commonly referred to as Foley Catheters, reside entirely inside of the bladder. A medical professional will insert the catheter through the urethra or through a tiny hole in the abdomen—this is called a suprapubic catheter. For both types, a balloon at the end of the catheter is inflated with water to hold the catheter in place. The balloon is then deflated when the catheter should be removed.
External catheters are typically prescribed to men who have issues not with urinary retention but functional or medical disabilities. These condom-like catheters cover the penis head, and include a tube that leads to a drainage bag.
HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT CATHETER FOR YOU
- BPH—Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, more commonly referred to as an enlarged prostate.
- Scarring from prior surgery.
- Urethral strictures caused by disease or prior urethral trauma.
- False passages in the urethra or a stoma.
- Previous or current radiation treatment for prostate or bladder cancer.
- An atrophic vagina.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry thoroughly, if possible. You can also use antibacterial hand sanitizer.
- Disinfect the insertion site with antiseptic wipes using a circular motion around the urethral opening to reduce the risk of infection.
- Open the catheter and lubricate (if you are not using a pre-lubricated option).
- Once you are comfortably positioned, angle the coudé tip and insert it into your urethra. Gently slide the catheter in until you reach your bladder (you will feel some resistance when you reach the bladder sphincter). Continue to insert until urine starts to flow, applying gentle pressure as needed.
- Once urine stops flowing and your bladder is empty, slowly withdraw and discard the catheter.
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How to use a catheter
The task of inserting and using your own catheter might sound daunting, but it’s very straight-forward. Read our guide to using your own intermittent catheter system. Catheterization can be confusing but at Medipply we’re here to help you navigate the process.
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