Suprapubic catheters

The important issue of independent toileting is often discussed within the disabled community. I regularly see the topic arise on social media.

As a wheelchair user, this is something I have struggled with my whole life. Believe me I have tried every method and contraption available.

In 2011, after careful consideration, I opted for a suprapubic catheter. Following many requests for information and advice, I have written about my experience. As it is a sensitive and personal subject, I have decided to attach the file below rather than to upload as a regular post.

*Disclaimer* This is my experience and in no way represents that of any other. Your individual circumstances will invariably affect the way in which your body responds to a suprapubic catheter.

As a precursor; I have Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy. I am now 28 years old and unable to weight-bear. I have full sensation and an otherwise healthy, fully-functioning bladder. I have never suffered from urinary tract infections. My reasons for choosing a suprapubic catheter are purely practical.

If you require further information or wish to ask a question, please do contact me.

Suprapubic catheters – My experience

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