Male External Catheter
Another type of male catheter is the male external catheter that manages urinary retention to patients with urinary problems.
The male external catheter functions by collecting urine leakage. It is worn just like any other condom, fitted to a man’s penis and connected to a drainage bag normally strapped to a man’s leg. They are adhesively lined like a band aid so there will surely be no leakage on the male’s external organ when properly worn. This type of catheter may be made from latex, rubber, polyvinyl, or silicone. Some people may be allergic to latex and so experts advice to use silicone since silicone is the most anti-allergenic substance. But there is no chance of any infection for this Male external catheter with Catheters that are latex free.
Another good thing about this external catheter is that it is much safer to use than internal catheters in view of the fact that there is no need for any placement in the bladder that might cause infection or trauma.
Male catheters come in different sizes since every man has its own size of penis. As a matter of fact, most of the companies have sizing charts to suit the customers’ need.
Most type of catheters are only best for a span of 24 to 48 hours making them disposable and non dependable. Elder people are mostly the users of this external catheter due to illness so disposing catheters is really advised. On the other hand, there are also Male external catheters that are reusable and designed for those active men who suffer from urinary incontinence after having prostate surgery operations. The use of reusable external male catheter is a great alternative from the use of diapers and other pads.
Correct methods should also be practice in order to attain the right benefits of using this Male external catheter and not danger instead. In attaching the catheter, one may use a double-sided adhesive, latex inflatable cuff, a jockey’s type strap or a foam strap.