Urinary catheters are medical devices that are used to drain urine from the bladder when the body is unable to do so on its own. They are typically made of flexible materials such as silicone, latex, or rubber, and are inserted through the urethra into the bladder. Catheters come in a variety of sizes and types, each designed for different needs and situations.
Here are some of the different types of urinary catheters and their usages in the United States:
Urinary catheters can be an important tool for managing urinary issues and maintaining bladder health. However, they do carry some risks, such as infection, blockages, and damage to the bladder or urethra. It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to determine which type of catheter is right for you and to receive proper training on how to use and care for the catheter.