An important aspect of living as an adult with Spina Bifida is bladder management. While growing up, you learned how to care for your urinary system but relied on your parents or primary caregivers to make sure that you were routinely examined by a pediatric urologist and that you had all the urological supplies necessary to catheterize. Now that you are an independent adult, it is very important that you see an adult urologist at least annually and that you maintain a consistent well-planned urinary care program. Continue reading
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It’s time to review your plan and make your selection for the upcoming year. This year, Medicare beneficiaries can take advantage of early open enrollment. The enrollment period begins October 15, 2011 and runs through December 7, 2011. The selections will take effect on January 1, 2012. Handbooks are being mailed to Medicare beneficiaries between September 15 and September 30. As a part of your selection process, be sure to verify that your doctor, supplier and/or pharmacy are a part of the plan you select. This is to ensure that, once the change is made, you may continue to have access to the catheters and urological supplies that you currently use from a source you know and trust.
Making a change to your Medicare plan could help you to save money, could provide better/increased coverage or a combination of the two. With the health care law, there are new benefits like lower prescription costs, wellness check-ups, and more preventive care services. Now is your chance to switch, change or drop your Medicare health or drug coverage.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Botox for the treatment of urinary incontinence in people with conditions such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. Botox is actually injected into the bladder tissue resulting in relaxation of the bladder, thus increasing the storage capacity and decreasing incontinence. Doctors perform the procedure using cystoscopy which may require general anesthesia. Current management techniques of neurogenic bladder include medications to relax the bladder and intermittent catheterization.
The duration of effect is about nine months. The most common adverse effects from the procedure were urinary retention and urinary tract infection. Your doctor will have the latest information on this bladder management technique.
In a recent issue, Drugs.com says that prescription drug prices are set to fall soon. That’s because during the next few months several popular medications used to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, cholesterol and triglyceride disorders, viral disorders, and certain mental disorders are scheduled to become available in a generic form. Continue reading
Often someone will call in and ask why it is necessary to maintain a schedule for intermittent catheterization. The short answer is that it helps to protect the kidneys and to minimize the chance of getting a urinary tract infection. Our kidneys have the capacity to hold about 500 ml of urine; that’s roughly equal to about 2 (two) eight ounce glasses of liquid. Assume that we drink about 8 to 10 glasses (8oz each) of water each day.
Today’s male external catheters are helping men enjoy a better quality of life. Improved materials, adhesives, and catheter designs (short, long, oversized, undersized, etc.) have lead to more comfortable and reliable use. This has also lead to the introduction of extensive product lines of both male external catheters and accessories.
There are a number of key factors to consider when choosing which catheter is right for you:
Catheter size is measured in a unit called a “French” (commonly referred to as Fr for short).
This measurement is taken on the outside diameter of the catheter.
When ordering catheters, you will often be asked for the size in these units; common sizes include 16 Fr, 18 Fr, 20 Fr and others.
1 Fr = 0.33 mm (about the thickness of a human hair)
For many people who suffer from latex allergies, simply diagnosing the allergy can be difficult. Even though those afflicted with such allergies may experience itchy skin and discoloration of the skin, it doesn’t resonate with them that latex could be the cause.
Fortunately, there are a number of latex-free product alternatives that are readily available. Antigenic proteins lead to latex allergies, so it is important to find resources to use in daily life that have very low/no levels of latex present.
Research experts believe that people with Spina Bifida are at an increased risk of an allergic reaction to natural latex. There is scientific evidence and experience, from leading knowledge centers, which support this belief. Allergic reactions can range from minor skin irritations to full blown anaphylaxis with vascular system failure.
A large number of commonplace items in the world today contain latex in some form. Because of the latex, people with Spina Bifida, their caregivers and their family members must be knowledgeable about such items that contain latex. A list of items that contain latex and their safe alternative(s) can be found on the Spina Bifida Association’s website.