New health issues are not only difficult to deal with, they’re hard to understand how best to handle. Here’s everything you need to know about catheters.
Catheters are tube-shaped medical devices used to drain the body of fluids, and because they do this, they are commonly used by patients with urinary problems.
Below you will find everything there is to know about catheters – and some product suggestions too!
Coming up in this article, I’ll be focusing on the health benefits of catheters. You’ll learn why you might need a catheter, how they are used, and which ones are best for different reasons.
Catheters are used to drain fluid. They are helpful for people who have conditions that constrict or increase their urine flow.
For example: A man who has an enlarged prostate may be subjected to urine incontinence (they experience leakage). A catheter helps to collect that urine and prevent leakage.
The catheter needs to be inserted into the body to work. It’s easy to insert the device. Most people can do this without help from a doctor. After the catheter has been placed in the body, a balloon needs to be inflated with water (to stop the catheter from falling out). A urine collection bag rests outside of the body and usually needs changing every 5 or 7 days to prevent infection.
Doctors most recommend this kind of catheter to patients. It’s inserted multiple times a day to collect urine. It is sterile and pre-lubricated to enable easy insertion and maximum comfort.
These are inserted like intermittent catheters. The only difference? They remain in while the other type would be replaced frequently. This is the type of catheter held in the bladder by a balloon filled with water. A valve is usually fitted with indwelling catheters
Like the indwelling type, this catheter is also left in the body. This one is less common. It’s actually inserted via a hole in your abdomen not your urethra.
Speedicath catheters are said to be by far the most popular option. They’re compact and easy to use. Plus, they provide maximum comfort.
This ready-to-use product is designed for men and loved by men. It comes packaged in a fully sterile solution to prevent infections. The catheter is sufficiently hydrated to enable slick insertion without the use of any extra products like lubricating jelly. Sizes range from 8Fr to 18Fr
The compact lip-stick sized structure makes the catheter discreet and this boosts women’s confidence as they don’t have to worry about people seeing their device and knowing they have urination problems. Like the male alternative, the catheter is ready-to-use and well-hydrated to provide easy insertion. No other products are needed to use this either.
Catheters are very effective forms of treatment for people who suffer from urinary problems. They’re usually temporary and don’t greatly affect people’s quality of life.