What is Self Catheterization?

Category: Procedures

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See also: Urinary Catheter

Intermittent self catheterization is the temporary placement of a catheter (tube) to remove urine from the body. This is done by placing the catheter through the urethra (the tube that leads from the bladder to the outside opening) to empty the bladder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 54 12
Urinary retention 35 17
Neurogenic bladder 26 10
Multiple sclerosis 3 0
Frequent urination 2 1
General health 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
6
Mild
10
None
16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Self Catheterization

Side effect Patients
Blood in urine (hematuria) 4
Increased risk of UTI 3
Uncomfortable 2
Urethral discomfort 2
Urinary tract infection 2
UTI symptoms 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Self Catheterization

Dosage Patients
daily 11
as needed 1
four times daily 1
three times daily 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 6
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 6
< $25 19
Not specified 6
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5 patient evaluations for Self Catheterization

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Mar 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary retention)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 21, 2010 (Started Aug 22, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I catheterize 7 times a day. It has changed my life. Along with Botox treatment to denervate the bladder it has changed my life and made it easier.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 6, 2008 (Started Aug 22, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: SIC (self-intermittent catheterization) is really no big deal at all. I perchance you receive Medicare, there is a new ruling that states that we who SIC are entitles to a new catheter each time. Woo Hoo. I just received approval for this and was really happy about it. This takes the out of pocket cost away for me. If you have Medicare, Google Medicare and Intermittent catheters.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 30, 2010 (Started Sep 25, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (blood in urine (hematuria), increased risk of UTI)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: increased risk of UTI, blood in urine (hematuria)

Oct 8, 2009 (Started Sep 25, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (blood in urine (hematuria), increased risk of UTI)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: increased risk of UTI, blood in urine (hematuria)

Jan 5, 2009 (Started Sep 25, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: keep catherter very clean to avoid uti
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: increased risk of UTI, blood in urine (hematuria)

Aug 25, 2008 (Started Sep 25, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: make sure to keep cath very clean this is very important!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: increased risk of UTI, blood in urine (hematuria)

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