Often a catheter is required to help patients completely release urine from their bladders when incapable of doing so naturally. Having clean, fresh catheters on-hand is essential for patients who depend on them to get rid of waste and avoid pressures in the kidneys. We offer catheters for women, children, and both intermittent and external options for men. We also offer a full line of catheter accessories such as leg bags and leg straps that aid in comfort and privacy. Our inventory proudly features catheters and accessories from the top brands in the industry, including Coloplast and Bard, for dependable options of high standards in terms of quality, performance, and comfort for this important item. Designed to make the process of insertion and removal as painless as possible, these catheters are ideal for those with urinary incontinence and urinary retention concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are urinary catheters used for?
Urinary catheters are used to fully drain the bladder. A health care provider may recommend the use of a catheter to treat issues such as:
Urinary incontinence, such as leaking urine or being unable to control urination.
Urinary retention - the inability to completely relieve your bladder of urine when you need to.
After surgery on the prostate or genitals.
Other medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury.
What are the three types of catheters?
The three main and most common types of catheters are:
Indwelling catheters (urethral or suprapubic catheters). Also called urethral or suprapubic, these are placed within the bladder. These are usually placed by a nurse or healthcare provider. These can be either short-term or long-term solutions.
External catheters (condom catheters). Also called a condom catheter, external options are placed outside the body and are used on men only. These can be placed easily at home or by a healthcare provider. These are usually a short-term option but can be used for a longer period with a new catheter each time because they are external.
Short-term catheters (intermittent catheters). This is a type of catheter is intended to be used for shorter term uses. It can be inserted by a nurse or at home, typically following surgery for someone without urinary issues prior to surgery.