What is Foley’s Catheter?

What is Foley’s Catheter?

Understanding Foley Catheters: A Guide for Patients on Homedoc
A Foley catheter, also known as an indwelling urinary catheter (IUC), is a thin, flexible tube inserted into the bladder to drain urine. It plays a crucial role in managing urinary issues for patients who are unable to urinate on their own or require controlled drainage.

What is a Foley Catheter Made Of?

Imagine a thin, soft tube – that’s essentially what a Foley catheter is. Made of medical-grade silicone or latex, it’s designed for comfort and flexibility during insertion and use. These tubes come in various sizes to suit individual needs and have markings to ensure proper placement within the bladder.

Why Would Someone Need a Foley Catheter?

It offer a solution for various urinary problems:

* Urinary Retention: When the bladder muscles are weak or there’s an obstruction preventing urine flow, a Foley catheter helps drain trapped urine and relieve discomfort.

* Surgery or Medical Procedures: During surgeries or procedures involving the urinary tract or genitals, a Foley catheter may be used to manage urine flow and prevent complications.

* Continuous Bladder Monitoring: In some cases, healthcare professionals might need to monitor urine output closely. They allows for continuous collection and measurement of urine.

* End-of-Life Care: For individuals nearing the end of life who have difficulty managing urination, a Foley catheter can provide comfort and dignity.

▪️Living with a Foley Catheter:

While having a Foley catheter might seem like an inconvenience, it’s a temporary solution to manage your urinary issues. Here’s what you can expect:

* Comfort: Insertion may cause some initial discomfort, but medications can help manage it. Once positioned, the catheter shouldn’t cause significant pain.

* Care and Maintenance: Healthcare professionals will provide specific instructions on maintaining the catheter, including cleaning the insertion site and the drainage bag to prevent infections.

* Mobility: They are often attached to a collection bag that you might need to carry around. However, there are mobile drainage systems available that offer more freedom of movement.

* Diet and Fluids: Maintaining a healthy fluid intake is essential to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Your doctor will advise on any dietary restrictions.


Removal of the Foley Catheter:

Once the underlying cause for needing the catheter is addressed, the healthcare professional will remove it during a simple outpatient procedure. The balloon is deflated, and the catheter is gently pulled out.

They are a valuable tool in managing urinary problems. If you have any questions or concerns about  catheters or their use, talking to your doctor at Homedoc is essential. They can address your specific needs, explain the procedure in detail, and provide you with the information and support you need throughout the process.