Super Pubic Catheter Vs Indwelling Foley Catheter
Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:22 AM
Edited by Nicus, 14 September 2012 - 11:22 AM.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:21 PM
I started putting the foley in every morning before work or school and took it out at night, bleach, rinse, repeat. I could reuse the catheters and bags about 10-15 times before the bleach started to deteriorate the rubber tubes. I straight cath now, but on long visits or meetings I want to make sure I have the convenience of a predictable bladder. I don't believe you can remove a suprapubic catheter, but I could be wrong. If you learn to insert the foley, inflate the balloon and the whole maintaining of it, that can be a good option for some because you aren't 100% dependent on it. Take it out when you want, leave it in if you need it. They're also not that expensive to maintain if your insurance won't purchase them regularly and pay out of pocket or partial payment.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:13 PM
"Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light"
Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:56 AM
I have sensation in my bladder and felt the tugging as well. The balloon, like, droops to the bottom and every twitch or spasm strains it. It doesn't hurt, but it just feels wrong. So, if the OP has bladder feeling, this may be one of the unpleasantries to consider.
I never had or needed a cath of any type until surgery earlier in the year, when I woke up with a Foley. I discovered I had good sensation in my bladder and every time I moved it felt as thought the cath was being yanked out. It wasn't a pleasant sensation and I don't think I would ever get used to it. I decided there and then, that if I ever lost control of my bladder completely but retained sensation, I definitely would seek an alternative to the Foley.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:51 AM
Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:53 AM
Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:10 AM
A Man made hole into the bladder with a foley catheter in it sounds like twice the chance of infections in twice as many spots. I've gone with a 16 Fr silicone coated ( cause its softer then all silicone ) Only when I had to. 26 years an external catheter user.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:22 PM
Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:46 PM