Suprapubic catheter is a type of catheter, a small flexible tube, which is inserted through a small incision made in the abdomen to empty the patient’s bladder. These types of catheters are used in a wide range of surgical applications, such as bladder cancer, bladder stones, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and bypass track by urine. Instead of being inserted through the urethra, the catheter is inserted through a small incision made in the abdomen and then directly into the bladder; done under local anaesthetic, general anaesthetic, or epidural anaesthetic.
Moreover, suprapubic catheters are often used to drain postoperative bladder after gynecologic procedures. They are also used for bladder drainage to manage short-term voiding dysfunction after pelvic surgery. One may need a catheter because they have urinary retention (unable to empty urine from bladder), urinary incontinence (leakage), surgery where catheter is necessary, and/or another health problem. A suprapubic catheter is a hollow flexible tube that is used to drain urine from the bladder or is used for the aforementioned problems.
According to Coherent Market Insights, the increasing demand for suprapubic catheters, owing to rising prevalence of bladder cancer, is expected to be a major factor driving the suprapubic catheter market forecasted value. For instance, according to the American Cancer Society, around 80,470 new cases of bladder cancer are expected in the U.S. in 2019. Among these, estimated cases of bladder cancer in men are 61,700 and 18,770 in women.
Suprapubic catheters are always a standard length and should be sized according to the tract, usually 16ch or 18ch for both sexes. Moreover, most suprapubic catheters come with a drainage bag that collects urine until the user empties it into a toilet or another container. People use a small bag during the day and a larger one at night. Catheter may have to be replaced every 4 to 6 weeks. A suprapubic catheter usually stays inserted for four to eight weeks before it needs to be changed (replaced) and/or removed.
A suprapubic catheter may only be used temporarily after surgery and/or treatment of certain conditions, but it may need to be in place permanently in some cases. Thus, with the increasing prevalence of kidney disorders (such as kidney stones) worldwide, the demand for suprapubic catheter is also increasing rapidly. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Japan, the incidence of kidney stones has increased markedly in recent decades, this in turn is expected to increase the demand for catheter in this region.
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