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Suprapubic Catheter Care

Suprapubic CatheterIf you have had a suprapubic catheter put in then understanding the proper care that is required to prevent infection and make sure that the catheter drains properly is crucial. Unlike urethral catheterization, where the catheter is placed in the bladder through the urethra, a suprapubic catheter is inserted directly into the bladder through a small surgical incision, normally done with a local anesthetic. This procedure may be done because you are unable to urinate due to injury, illness, or other another reason, and the catheter will need to stay in place for some time. One reason this type of catheter may be used is because of urinary inconsistency, which can prevent complete emptying of the bladder and increase the risk of infections and other problems.

Bladder Catheter Types

Bladder CatheterThere is a variety of bladder catheter types to choose from for effective bladder drainage, depending on your specific condition and catheter requirements. A catheter may be needed for a number of reasons, including urge incontinence or being unable to urinate and completely empty the bladder, and in some cases certain surgical procedures or medical conditions may require this drainage device as well. One factor with a bladder catheter is the size used, and catheters will come in varying sizes and use a number system to denote the size. A higher number means a larger diameter for the catheter, so the smallest possible number which is effective will be used.

Urethral Catheterization: Pros and Cons

Urethral CatheterizationUrethral catheterization is a routine procedure performed with a thin plastic tube inserted via urethra into the bladder for the purpose of urine drainage, obtaining a sterile urine specimen or instilling medications or irrigations into the urinary tract. Urethral catheterizations are categorized into one time use, referred to as intermittent, or for long term use, called indwelling.