The Different Types of Catheters

Urinary catheterization can be required as a result of various medical conditions. A catheter might be a temporary or a permanent solution, depending on the specific condition of each patient. There are various types of catheters that are available. Whether a person is facing ongoing catheterization or it is a temporary solution following a surgery or illness, there are medical supplies that can help to improve a person’s quality of life and comfort. There are many important considerations to be made during catheterization, in order to maintain comfort and prevent infection. If you or a loved one must be catheterized, it’s a good idea to understand the various options that might be used.

Men and women may have different options when it comes to catheters. An indwelling urinary catheter is inserted into the urethra to drain urine from the bladder. This type of catheter can be used for both male and female patients, and is most common for patients that are anesthetized during surgery or for patients with prolonged periods of incontinence. This type of catheter offers a more secure insertion method, which prevents accidents. There is the risk of infection if the tube isn’t cleaned properly before it’s inserted.

An intermittent catheter is used for short-term treatment of incontinence. Unlike the indwelling catheter, the intermittent catheter requires tape to stay in place, which can lead to other medical issues. These catheters will also require a drainage bag, but will only be used for short periods of time, such as after a surgical procedure or illness. There are also certain catheter types that can only be used by male patients. The condom catheter, or penile sheath catheter, is commonly used for elderly men with incontinence problems. Because there is no need to insert a tube into the urethra, it can be much more comfortable for older patients.

As technology advances, new types of catheters might emerge. Medical news includes information about new options to treat problems like incontinence. Depending on the specific needs of each patient, a doctor might opt for various methods of treating incontinence. From long-term to short-term treatment options, there are medical supplies to help patients with various levels of incontinence. Knowing your options will better equip you to help your loved one be more comfortable in spite of health problems. Men and women of all ages and stages of health can require catheterization for any number of reasons.


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