Posted by: Des | 2012/07/24


My mom who is 87 fractured her femur and is now bed bound for the next 3 months or so. When discharging her from the hospital they fitted a catherter that needs changing every 90 days. After 3 days of fitting the catherter she complains of it being a bit painful. We were told that there is also a catherter that needs changing every two weeks. What is the difference between the 90 day and the 2 week catherters. Are they inserted the same way? Does the 90 day catherter go deeper than the 2 week one? Would the 2 week catherter be less painful to insert?

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Both catheters are inserted the same way and will remain the same depth within the bladder. The 90 day catheter will be softer and more tolerable to the patient. The week one will be harder and can cause more irritation. An indwelling catheter is not comfortable but most patients do get use to the feeling of the catheter.


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