What if I have trouble handling the catheter?
If you have limited hand dexterity due to your medical condition (or example, a spinal cord injury) you may find it difficult to handle a catheter. You and your healthcare provider may decide to look at different catheter options that could enable you to catheterize yourself. You might consider using a slightly more firm catheter which will be easier to handle, or ask for one with a bigger grip/handle. There are also other techniques and tips that your healthcare providers may be able to help you with.
Note: You should always speak with your healthcare provider when considering these new options. A change in the type or size of your intermittent catheters may require a new prescription to qualify for insurance coverage.
Vision problems or other physical challenges:
If you have vision problems, limited hand dexterity or other physical challenges it can sometimes be difficult to use intermittent catheters. However, it’s very likely that you can still learn the technique. Talk to your healthcare provider for suggestions, and don’t get discouraged. Once you do master intermittent catheterization, it will offer much more freedom in your daily life.
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This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for professional Medical advice and should not be interpreted to contain treatment recommendations. You should rely on the healthcare professional who knows your individual history for personal medical advice and diagnosis.