The catheterization is a procedure of draining the bladder through a tube (catheter) inserted in the patient’s bladder. The clean intermittent catheterization is the gold standard for draining the bladder of patients with neurogenic bladder dysfunctions.
The importance of the intermittent catheterization aimed at solving clinical problems related to mechanical or functional disorders of the bladder is irrefutable. At the same time, the intermittent catheterization might be a key factor for reducing deterioration of the upper urinary tract and urosepsis in patients suffering from spinal cord conditions.
This injury can affect mobility, sensory integration and, quite often, can cause a partial or complete loss of the bladder control, pain and spasticity, problems with sexual function or a complete loss of sexual function, fertility problems. The scope of side-effect depends on the level of the lesion. The biggest problem with spinal cord injuries is the loss of communication between the brain and parts of the body below the level of the injury.
A lower frequency of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is the key to success of the clean intermittent catheterization. A series of short-term studies have demonstrated good clinical results and the primary user satisfaction with this new procedure. CIC relieves and improves dilatation of the renal channel network as well as the status of the upper urinary tract. However, since a possibility of a long-term and even a lifelong need for catheterization is present, results of long-term studies are especially important. Not only are such studies important so as to prove the importance of a regular catheterization, but they are also needed as a tool to assess all issues related to possible complications as a consequence of a long-term catheterization. So far, the main problems that have been detected as possible side-effects of a long-term catheterization include clinical symptoms like complications, bladder injuries and infections.
Since catheterization is very important, we strongly advise you to constantly expand your knowledge about this technique and follow the newest trends. Please consult your medical doctor and choose procedures and urinary catheters that suit you the most accordingly. Such an approach is recommended as a prevention of complications and other consequences of a long-term usage of the clean intermittent catheterization.