Were you aware that urinary catheters have been used for over 3,500 years? These devices, which assist the bladder to drain urine, have been further developed since those times.
If you have recently had surgery, then you may have had a foley catheter, or indwelling catheter, placement. These are used 15%-to-25% of the time during hospitalizations prior to and during surgery, as well as for other types of medical situations requiring a hospital stay.
Both men and women may experience some type of bladder or kidney issue that will require the use of a catheter to assist with expressing urine. Men over 60, for example, may experience some level of benign prostatic hyperplasia. In some cases, they may have issues with blockage, which will require the use of a catheter.
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