Two-way urethral Foley catheter with balloon - silicone
A two-way urethral Foley catheter with a silicone balloon is a type of indwelling urinary catheter made of silicone material. It is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to allow for continuous drainage of urine. The catheter has two lumen or channels, one for draining urine and the other for inflating and deflating a silicone balloon that helps to keep the catheter in place within the bladder. The silicone balloon is filled with sterile water and can be inflated to a specific volume to ensure proper placement of the catheter and prevent it from being dislodged. The use of silicone material for the balloon offers several advantages, including improved softness, flexibility, and biocompatibility compared to traditional catheter materials. Two-way urethral Foley catheters with silicone balloons are commonly used in hospital settings for patients who require long-term bladder drainage, such as those undergoing surgery, those with urinary incontinence, or those with certain medical conditions that affect bladder function.