Treatment for some forms of bladder cancer may involve the use of a catheter.
A leg pouch catheter is a thin rubber tube used to drain urine from the bladder. This tube is inserted into the bladder and then connected to a drainage bag that is attached to the leg. A leg pouch catheter is very discreet because it can be worn under clothing. There are several reasons why an individual may need a Foley catheter and leg bag.
Individuals who suffer from constant leakage of urine or who are unable to control urination may benefit from a leg pouch catheter. Some individuals may have urinary retention problems and may need a Foley catheter to keep the bladder drained. Certain types of surgery, such as prostate or gynecologic surgery, may make it necessary to use a Foley catheter for a short period of time.
Drinking plenty of water can help reduce your risk of developing a urinary tract infection as a result of using a catheter.
Foley catheters come in a variety of sizes. The smallest diameter catheter is almost always used to avoid unnecessary stretching of the urethra. Occasionally, if the urine contains blood or a lot of sediment, a larger diameter catheter will be inserted. This is necessary to promote drainage and prevent the catheter tube from becoming blocked.
The leg pouch catheter is normally used only during the day. The standard leg bag usually comes in two sizes. The smaller size can hold 550 ml (18.90 oz) of urine and the larger size can hold 900 ml (30.43 oz) of urine. The leg bag is usually removed and the urine tube is connected to a larger drainage bag for overnight use.
Prostate surgery may require the use of a Foley catheter for a short period of time.
It is important that the leg pouch catheter is below the level of the bladder to prevent expelled urine from entering the urethra again. This can cause an infection. The leg pouch catheter should be emptied at least every eight hours, if not more frequently, to prevent overfilling. This can easily be done by sitting on the toilet and opening the drain port at the bottom of the bag.
It is important to wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling a catheter.
An individual who uses a Foley catheter and leg bag should take good care of the catheter to prevent infection. Catheter care includes washing hands thoroughly before and after handling the catheter. It is very important to wash around the catheter insertion site and catheter tube with mild soap. The individual should also drink plenty of water to help prevent urinary tract infections.
A thin rubber tube is placed in the urethra to drain urine during catheterization.
Once the need for the leg pouch catheter is over, it can be easily removed. This can be done by a healthcare professional. An empty syringe is screwed into a port that extends from the side of the catheter tube. Water is then extracted from the balloon that held the catheter in place in the bladder. The tube is then pulled out through the urethra and discarded.