What Is A Foley Catheter
A lot of people think that a catheter is a catheter. However, not all catheters are the same. This is why it is so important to be sure to use only the catheters that the doctor prescribes, even if there are catheters that are cheaper or more available. An example of the different catheters is the Foley catheter. This catheter is a specific type of catheter that has very specific design and specific uses that make it ideal for certain people and in certain procedures.
A Foley catheter is a tube that is made out of synthetic or natural rubber with a small balloon in it that is inflated within the body. This balloon holds the catheter inside of the body. The tube moves fluid out of the body. This catheter moves the urine from the bladder through the use of gravity, rather than the use of the muscles surrounding the bladder. There can also be another tube that is also attached to the balloon. This tube can be fixed so that it moves fluid into the bladder, such as antibiotics or saline fluid to help keep the bladder clean and remove the build up of blood or infection caused by surgery or infection.
The use of the Foley catheter does have many benefits for those who have experienced prostate, bladder or other surgeries. This catheter is also used for those who have an enlarged prostate that blocks the flow of urine, during surgeries and if one is prone to very acute bladder or kidney infections. Surprisingly this catheter is also used to ripen a cervix in the case of induced labor. This works due the pressure that the catheter can place on the cervix, much like the pressure that a baby would place on the cervix during a natural birth.
The latest medical news about the Foley catheter is the advancement in the materials that the catheter is made from. Due to the potential for an individual to experience bladder infections due to bacterium moving its way up the tube and into the body, manufactures are working on creating an antibacterial rubber or plastic for the tube. This has been shown to limit the number of infections, but as of yet it has now eliminated the infections that one can experience. As technology and manufacturing practices increase, this is not something that is out of reach and can one day be expected in all catheters.