Types of Catheter

Types of Catheter

Types of Catheter: Indwelling Catheters| External Catheter | Intermittent Catheter


A catheter is a thin flexible tube used to empty the bladder. If the bladder isn’t emptied, urine gets collected leads to the pressure on the kidney and can cause kidney damage.

Types of Catheter

  1. Indwelling Catheters/ Foley catheter

This type of catheter has to be inserted into the bladder through the urethra or tiny hole in the abdomen. A tiny water-filled balloon at the end of the catheter prevents the tube from sliding out of the body.

Examples: urethral or suprapubic catheters

  1. External Catheter

Patients who don’t have a urinary problem, but are facing from dementia can use External Catheter. As the name suggests external, they are placed outside the body. It is a condom-like device that covers the penis head. It has lower risk as compared to Indwelling catheters. But they need to be changed daily.

Example: Condom Catheter

  1. Intermittent Catheter

Post-surgery when the patient’s bladder is not performing well it can be emptied using this short term catheter. After the bladder starts performing catheter has to be removed.

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