A suprapubic silicone catheter is a type of urinary catheter that is inserted through the abdominal wall into the bladder, bypassing the urethra. Unlike traditional urinary catheters that are inserted through the urethra, suprapubic catheters provide an alternative route for urine drainage. The term “suprapubic” refers to the location above the pubic bone.
Here are some key features and considerations associated with suprapubic silicone catheters:
Suprapubic catheters are inserted through a small incision made in the lower abdomen, just above the pubic bone. This is typically done under sterile conditions.
Suprapubic catheters can be made from different materials, and in this case, it’s specified as “silicone,” which is a flexible and biocompatible material commonly used in medical devices.
Balloon for Secure Placement:
Similar to standard Foley catheters, suprapubic catheters often have an inflatable balloon near the tip. The balloon is inflated once the catheter is inside the bladder, helping to secure it in place.
Once inserted, the suprapubic catheter allows urine to drain directly from the bladder into a collection bag. This can be advantageous in situations where urethral catheterization is not suitable or when an alternative route is preferred.
Reduced Risk of Urethral Complications:
Since the catheter is placed through the abdominal wall rather than the urethra, there may be a reduced risk of urethral complications, making suprapubic catheters suitable for individuals with certain urological conditions.
Patients with suprapubic catheters may experience increased comfort compared to those with urethral catheters. The absence of a catheter passing through the urethra can reduce discomfort.
Maintenance and Care:
Care for a suprapubic catheter includes regular cleaning of the exit site to prevent infection. Additionally, the catheter should be secured properly to prevent movement or accidental removal.
Suprapubic catheters are commonly used in cases of urinary retention, bladder dysfunction, or when long-term urinary drainage is required.
Consultation with Healthcare Professionals:
The decision to use a suprapubic catheter is made by healthcare professionals based on the patient’s medical condition, urological needs, and individual circumstances.
It’s important for patients with suprapubic catheters to follow the care instructions provided by healthcare professionals, including proper hygiene and monitoring for any signs of infection or complications. Regular follow-up with healthcare providers is also essential to ensure the catheter’s proper functioning and the patient’s well-being.
Further clinical information can be found on our blog page: www.nicheofficesolutions.co.uk/category/niche-healthcare-news
For products not found on our online website, please view our Healthcare catalogues: www.nicheofficesolutions.co.uk/healthcare-catalogues
View our Healthcare YouTube videos Playlist
If you have any additional questions, drop us an email at email@example.com