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    Catheters for Urinary Incontinence in Men

    Catheters used to manage urinary incontinence include:

    What To Expect After Treatment

    Catheterization may cause some discomfort during the procedure. A condom or Texas catheter does not cause much discomfort, because it is not inserted into the urethra, but indwelling catheters may cause some discomfort while in place.

    Why It Is Done

    Catheters can be used to treat severe incontinence that cannot be managed with medicines or surgery.

    How Well It Works

    Catheters do not cure incontinence but rather allow you or a caregiver to manage incontinence.

    These devices are effective. But some men find catheters uncomfortable or painful and stop using them.

    Risks

    Using a catheter increases your risk for:

    What To Think About

    The use of catheters can be under your control and can be designed to fit into your lifestyle.

    Complete the special treatment information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this treatment.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerAvery L. Seifert, MD - Urology

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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