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How healthy bladder can be maintained with urinary catheter?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 21 August 2018, 16:51 IST
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Urinary catheter has been recognized as a partially-flexible ad hollow tube which is used for collecting urine from bladder. It remains connected with a drainage-bag so that the collected urine can be drained away easily. These catheters are of varied types and sizes.

Some commonest materials that are used in making these catheters are rubber, silicone and plastic. Bladder is being emptied by this device and the session is much more painful than ESR blood test. Excessive urine-pressure might damage your kidneys.

Therefore, if you want to protect your kidneys from excessive pressure then nothing can be the best option other than undergoing the concerned session. Urinate-ability can be rejuvenated by means of these catheters.

In most of the cases, injured or elderly fellows need to go through these sessions for keeping their kidneys in absolutely healthy condition. Your doctor will tell you that you need to have this session once or multiple times as per your health condition.

Key uses:

Urine-collecting catheter is now getting used for some specific bladder-conditions and these conditions have been discussed below.

When urine cannot be controlled.

Urinary inconsistency.

Urine retention.

Reasons for using urine-collecting catheter:

Urine might get blocked due to various health-reasons like severe prostrate-gland enlargement, blood-clots within urine and kidney or bladder stones.

Prostrate-gland surgery.

Genital-area surgery like hip-fracture repair.

Injuries in bladder-nerves.

Spinal-cord injuries.

Condition impairing mental-function like dementia.

Spina Bifida.

Medications impairing bladder-muscles’ ability to squeeze. This holds back urine within bladder forcibly.

Associated complications:

Catheters need to be cleaned thoroughly for preventing unwanted infections. Unclean catheters might lead to the occurrence of many complications. Some probable complications that might arise due to the usage of this catheter are as follows:

Urethra injury.

Blood within urine.

Kidney damage.

Allergic reactions.


Urinary-tract, blood or kidney infections.

Foul-smelling urine.

Urethra or genital-area burning.

Headache chills and fever.

Pus-containing cloudy urine.

Achiness and low-back pain.

How carefully catheters are to be used?

Urine-flushing catheters are of two types, one is used for a single type only and the other one can be reused again and again. Disposable ones are relatively safe than that of reusable ones. Reusable-catheters should be sterilized well for safe usage. Specialized soaps or antiseptic solutions need to be used for washing these catheters properly. This is how UTI-risks can be easily avoided and patients can get rid of unwanted health-complications.

One-time catheters usually come in absolutely sterilized-package and this is why they need not require to be cleaned rather your targeted body-part from where the catheter needs to be inserted should be cleaned. Slightly yellow or absolutely clean urine needs to be maintained and it can be done only by drinking enough of water.

Adequate water-intake can help you staying away from infection. Drainage-bag should be emptied minimum after every 8-hours or whenever the drainage-bag has become full. Water-vinegar mixture containing plastic-squirt bottle needs to be used for cleaning the concerned bag. You can also use bleach-water mixture as an alternative option.

If you are into practicing physiotherapy then you have to skip the practice for some days especially after your bladder emptying with catheter. In this respect, your physician will surely cater you proper guidance.

First published: 21 August 2018, 16:51 IST