Clean Intermittent Catheterization
What is clean intermittent catheterization?
Clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) is a procedure for people who have trouble urinating the “normal” way. In a CIC procedure, you insert a catheter, a thin, hollow tube, into your bladder to help you urinate.
People who need to perform CIC include those who have certain medical conditions, including:
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spinal surgeries
- Erectile dysfunction
- Central nervous system tumors
- Cerebral palsy
- Heavy metal poisoning
If you have to perform CIC, you will be inserting and removing the catheter several times a day; your doctor will tell you how many times. By performing this procedure every day, you will not have to wear a catheter all the time. In addition, you will help prevent kidney infection and keep your bladder from stretching.