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Types of catheters include:
This is a thin, flexible, hollow tube that is inserted through the urethra into the bladder. It allows the urine to drain out. A straight catheter is used for intermittent self-catheterization.
This type of catheter remains in place continuously. It has a balloon on the end that is inflated with sterile water after the end is inside the bladder. The inflated balloon prevents the indwelling catheter from slipping out.
This is a special condom that fits over the penis and is attached to a tube that collects urine. With a condom catheter, you don't need to insert anything into your body. This catheter can be changed at home. But it can be hard to put on and needs to be checked often. And skin can get irritated from contact with urine.
Catheterization may cause some discomfort during the procedure. A condom or Texas catheter doesn't cause much discomfort. That's because it isn't inserted into the urethra. But indwelling catheters may cause some discomfort while in place.
Catheters can be used to treat severe incontinence that cannot be managed with medicines or surgery.
Catheters don't cure incontinence. They allow you or a caregiver to manage incontinence. These devices work well. But some men find catheters uncomfortable or painful, so they stop using them.
Using a catheter increases your risk for:
Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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