Specific advice for women living with continence issues.
Intermittent Self Dilatation (ISD)
A urethral stricture is a narrowing of a section of the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. To keep the urethral passage open and aid the flow of urine, a urethral catheter needs to be used to widen this section (facilitating dilatation).
Intermittent Self Catheterisation (ISC) is the passing of a catheter through the urethra and into the bladder to drain urine. ISC might need to be performed as the bladder may have lost the ability to empty properly. This could be permanent or temporary.
An indwelling urethral catheter should only be used when necessary after considering all alternatives. Indications for catheterisation include postoperative obstruction or retention of urine (unable to urinate) or some neurological conditions.
The catheter is retained in the bladder by inflating a small balloon and can stay there for a short-term period of up to 28 days or long term up to 12 weeks.