What Are the Types of Urinary Catheters?

What are the types of urinary catheters?

There are many types of urinary catheters. These types have different characteristics that can meet the needs of patients with different problems.

Here are some specific types:

  • Foley catheter. One end of it is fixed in the bladder by a small balloon full of water. Urine flows out from the other end into a bag. It needs changing every three months.
  • Intermittent catheters. You put it inside you through the urethra and it drains the bladder. You use it a couple of times per day when the bladder is full.
  • Condom catheter. It’s for men. A condom-like sheath is put around the penis. Urine flows from a tube of it into a bag.
  • Suprapubic catheter. It’s put inside your bladder through a cut below your belly button. It’s less likely to lead to infection than an indwelling catheter.

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