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Frequently Asked Questions
Catheters are most commonly utilized due to urinary retention (unable to empty the bladder), urinary incontinence (leakage of the bladder), issues related to the prostate, or a performed surgery requiring catherization.
Intermittent, Foley (or Indwelling), and Condom (or External) Catheters.
- Intermittent catheters are single-use catheters disposed of after each use. Patients able to perform intermittent catherization realize a better quality of life and can perform self-catheterization at home, work or in a public setting in a private, discreet manner.
- Foley or Indwelling catheters are temporary placed within the bladder for a period of usually 1 month. Urine is drained from the bladder via the foley catheter into a leg bag or collection device. Patients opt for foley catheters in the event of not being able to perform self-catheterization for a variety of reasons.
- Condom (or External) catheters are used for men who have urinary incontinence. The catheter is rolled onto the penis, similar to that of a condom, and urine drains from the bladder into a leg collection bag. These are commonly worn by men who have leakage at night, or during work hours, and have no control over the leakage in their bladder.
Groin and/or abdomen discomfort is one potential side effect of catheter use. Steps you can take to avoid pain and other side effects include washing your hands before and after using a catheter, maintaining your personal hygiene, and following instructions for catheter insertion and removal.
Foley Catheters are most commonly placed for a period of 1 month and changed by the patient’s physician office.
Condom Catheters are worn for a period of no longer than 24 hours per catheter.
Yes, a Foley Catheter is a common type of indwelling catheter that is held in place by a small, fluid-filled balloon.
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