Intermittent self-catheterization is a way to completely empty your bladder when you need to. You put a very thin tube (catheter) into your bladder to allow the urine to flow out. You may use a catheter if you have nerve damage, a problem with your urinary tract, an infection, or diseases that weaken your muscles. Emptying your bladder regularly can prevent urine leaks during the day and kidney damage from blocked urine and infections.
You can empty your bladder every 4 to 6 hours, or as your doctor recommends. It takes practise to learn how to place the catheter. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it should not cause pain.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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