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Tips for Cathing After Prostate Cancer Surgery

by Jessica July 13 2018 06:23
tips for catheterization after prostate cancer surgery


Each year, nearly 165,000 males in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

early detection and prevention of prostate cancerProstate cancer is the most common cancer in men other than skin cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men according to the American Cancer Society.

However, this slow-growing cancer is often very treatable and isn't necessarily fatal, particularly in cases where it is diagnosed early. This is why it's so important to make regular or annual appointments to see a urologist. Early detection is key.


Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Surgery

For those who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are a few treatment options. This will entirely depend on how severe the cancer growth is. The best course of action will come down to a mutual decision between you and your treating physician. 

Some may have to undergo a partial or full removal of the prostate by surgery, which is called a prostatectomy. This procedure is done to prevent the diseased portions or all of this walnut-sized gland from the body in order to prevent the cancer from spreading.

prostate cancer surgeryWhile it is considered a safe operation and usually very successful, there can be some side effects. According to the UCLA Prostate Cancer Program, “the surgery may weaken the muscles that control your urine flow. Surgery may also hurt the nerves that help control your bladder.” This is why some men occasionally experience urine leakage or symptoms of a neurogenic bladder after the surgery. In many cases, this side effect is temporary, but for some, this could be a long-term condition that requires treatment as well.

Depending on the symptoms and the severity, a protective undergarment or adult briefs may be a good option to absorb any leakage until the symptoms subside.

However, in other cases, it may be best to use an intermittent catheter to help empty the bladder and prevent urine leakage.


Tips for New Catheter Users After Prostate Cancer Surgery

Find the right intermittent Catheter for you.

You're unique, and so are your needs and preferences. That's why it's important to remember that no single type or brand of catheter is the best choice for everyone across the board. 

There are multiple types of disposable catheters available on the market today, so you have plenty of product options from which to choose. When it's time to begin selecting an intermittent catheter that will work best for you, be sure to consult with your prescribing healthcare professional to determine together what may work best for you, taking into account your lifestyle, preferences, medical condition, and anatomy. 

Straight intermittent catheters are considered the original technology. This type of catheter is uncoated and must be manually lubricated with separate lubricating jelly before insertion. Lubrication is typically sold separately in easy-to-open options like single-use travel-size packets or capped tubes. These are a simple catheter option, and some men prefer these due to their overall affordability and practicality.


straight caths for men


Hydrophilic catheters can be a great option, especially for those new to self-cathing, because of their convenience, sterility, and travel-readiness. Hydrophilic catheters have a coating that becomes slippery when activated by water and takes the place of typical lubricating jelly to make catheterization more smooth and comfortable. 


hydrophilic catheters for men


Closed system catheters are also great for sterile, no-touch cathing. Frequent travelers and those in wheelchairs also find closed systems to be incredibly handy and often easier to maneuver than standard straight catheters, since they are all-in-one systems with integrated collection bags. These often come with additional insertion supplies like ambidextrous gloves, antiseptic wipes, and other accessories to keep the cathing process hygienic.


closed system catheters for men


If you have any issues with inserting a straight tip, your doctor may recommend that you use a curved tip catheter known as a coudé catheter. Coudé catheters may help maneuver through tight spaces in the urethra like strictures and get past blockages.

Coudé tips are offered along with straight tips in every type of catheter listed above. Availability will depending on the brand and French size needed. 


keep it hygienic to reduce your risk of infection

Urinary tract infections are a common side effect among those who self-cath. There are ways to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, such as using a touch-free catheter like a hydrophilic catheter or closed system catheter.

Do your best to keep your hands off the catheter tube to prevent contamination, and maintain a sterile environment.

On top of that, using your intermittent catheter just once and then disposing of it is a great way to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections.


talk to your doctor and follow their instructions.

Be sure to pay close attention to your doctors’ and nurses’ instructions regarding catheter use, including how frequently to catheterize per day and whether or not you should record your urine output for a period of time.

There are many misconceptions about cathing, which is why you should always be attentive and upfront with any questions to ensure you fully understand how to cath correctly. 


urologist prostate


Consider your catheter supplier options carefully.

Not all medical supply companies are equal when it comes to their brand selection, customer service, or product knowledge.

If you are asking “Where can I buy catheters?,” consider 180 Medical, the leading intermittent catheter supplier in the nation.

180 Medical offers an wide and varied selection of male length catheters from all of the top brands and manufacturers, including the newest products on the market with the latest advances in technology. 


intermittent catheter brands at 180 medical


On top of that, our team of trained and compassionate Specialists offer customer service that is second to none. We're happy to answer your questions, provide helpful instruction and educational materials, listen to all your concerns and preferences, and help you find the right catheter for your needs.

Using a catheter after prostate cancer surgery doesn't have to be scary or embarrassing to discuss.

If you're ready to look into your your catheter product options, give us a call today and find out how easy it is to get your first order of catheters. We'll be honored to help you as you heal from your surgery and transition into self-cathing.



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What You Need to Know About Overactive Bladder

by Jessica July 2 2018 06:05
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Do you find yourself suddenly needing to go to the bathroom without warning? Do you worry about socializing or spending time away from home because you're experiencing urine leakage? Do you need to urinate more often than usual or even experience unexpected urination at night (also known as nocturia)?

If so, it's possible you may be living with a form of urinary incontinence called overactive bladder.

We want to assure you that you are not the only one dealing with this condition. In fact, overactive bladder, which is also known as OAB, affects approximately 33 million Americans. However, according to the Official Foundation of the American Urological Association, that number may be higher than reported, since there are a lot of people living with symptoms of incontinence or overactive bladder who feel embarrassed to talk about it or see their doctor.

We want to empower you with the information you need to be able to ask for help and discuss your symptoms with your treating physician. Here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about overactive bladder, which we hope will help you learn more about this condition, including its symptoms, potential causes, and treatment options.


What Is Overactive Bladder?

urge incontinence oabOveractive bladder is just what it sounds like: a bladder that's working overtime.

Some of the main symptoms of overactive bladder include:

  • sudden urge to urinate
  • urine leakage
  • making more trips to the bathroom than before

Those living with overactive bladder may also experience secondary symptoms, which may include:

  • fatigue from disrupted sleep due to nocturia
  • embarrassment
  • decreased social activity
  • depression


What Causes Overactive Bladder?

aging and oabOveractive bladder can happen to anyone at any time. However, it's important to know that both age and gender may potentially be related causes.

Pelvic floor muscles and even the muscles of the bladder sometimes weaken as our bodies age. This is one of the reasons why urinary incontinence tends to happen more frequently to women than men, since hormonal fluctuations and childbirth are a common cause of weakened pelvic floor muscles.

There are a variety of other factors that could trigger an overactive bladder.

Sometimes, people may experience symptoms of overactive bladder caused by lifestyle changes. These cases are are often only temporary.

alcohol intake and overactive bladderFor example, a night of drinking a little too much alcohol can lead to increased bladder activity and even bed-wetting. Drinking too many fluids in general makes one urinate more frequently as well. Bladder irritants and diuretics like caffeine can also function in the same way, leading the body to release more urine than normal. You may want to speak to your doctor about the right amounts and types of fluid to intake for your individual needs.

However, there are some serious underlying conditions that can cause chronic urinary incontinence and overactive bladder as well. Neurological disorders like Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease carry risk factors for overactive bladder. Diabetes and kidney disease are two others.

This is why it is so important to see your doctor and get properly diagnosed, especially if your symptoms have lasted for longer than a few days or weeks. 


How is Overactive Bladder Treated?

The treatment for an overactive bladder will mainly depend on the cause.

In some of the aforementioned instances of drinking too many fluids like alcohol or coffee, a little diet modification may be all that is necessary.

gentlecath straight catheterSometimes, it's as simple as strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. Your doctor may suggest specific exercises like Kegels to help strengthen those muscles and get your bladder back in proper working order.

Your doctor may also recommend the use of intermittent catheters.

Medication may also help some people, while surgery may be required in more serious situations. 

Again, the most important thing to know is that it is absolutely normal to experience these kinds of symptoms, and it is perfectly alright to ask for help from your healthcare provider. They will not judge or shame you; they're here to help you! If you notice symptoms of overactive bladder or other changes to your urinary system, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

If your treatment plan requires the use of intermittent catheters to help treat the symptoms of overactive bladder or urinary incontinence, 180 Medical is here for you every step of the way.

As the leading catheter supplier in the nation, we carry a full line of catheter products from the top brands and manufacturers on the market today.


popular catheter brands


Our catheter specialists are ready to help you find the right catheter product for your needs and preferences. Give us a call today!


Disclaimer: This blog should not be taken as medical advice and is only intended to provide a general understanding of overactive bladder. This information should not be used in place of any recommendations, prescribed treatment plans, or medical advice from your professional healthcare provider.



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3 Tips to Prevent Stress Incontinence During Physical Activity

by Jessica May 17 2018 05:55
3 tips to prevent stress incontinence during exercise

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and now that the weather is warmer, many of us are ready to get active. You may feel like taking a walk or a roll in the park, participating in some adaptive sports with a team, or even competing in races for one of your favorite non-profit organizations or charities.

However, if you are one of the millions of people in America who live with urinary stress incontinence, your concerns about possible leakage or having an "accident" may be holding you back from taking part in your favorite physical activities.

lacing up for a runAt 180 Medical, we understand these fears and concerns. Every day, we talk to many customers who have urinary incontinence. We don't want anyone kept back from living a happy, independent, and active life if they are able, so we'd like to offer you some tips on how you may be able to prevent stress incontinence.

But first, let's talk a little bit more about stress incontinence and what causes it.


What is Stress Incontinence?

Stress incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence partial or complete loss of control over your bladder.

Most people who struggle with urinary incontinence experience involuntary release of urine from the bladder, often without warning.

With stress incontinence, urine loss may not be as severe, but it may occur more often during exercise, especially during activities that may increase pressure in your lower abdominal area. For this reason, you may also find you're experiencing some dribbling or leakage when you sneeze, cough, lift something, or laugh.

There are a few potential incontinence risk factors to know:

  • Age: Incontinence isn't something that happens to everyone as they grow older. It can affect anyone at any age, but it does tend to occur more frequently However, it does occur more often with increased age.
  • Gender: Although stress incontinence can happen to anyone, women tend to be a little more likely to experience this form of urinary incontinence than men. Female stress incontinence may be due in part to hormonal changes over one's lifetime, as well as the stretching of pelvic floor muscles during and after pregnancy or menopause.
  • Weight: Those living with a BMI above the recommended range may experience stress incontinence more frequently due to extra pressure on the internal organs, including the bladder.

losing weight to manage incontinence


Tips to Manage Stress Incontinence

1. Make Kegels a part of your daily exercise goals.

Many doctors recommend that their patients who live with stress incontinence start to focus on exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises may be suggested to help manage your urinary incontinence issues.

Your pelvic floor muscles are partly responsible for helping your bladder hold onto urine until you're ready to go. If these muscles are strengthened, it's more likely that you'll have better control over your bladder's function, depending on the reason for your condition.

Ask your doctor about pelvic floor exercises like Kegels and whether this may be a good option for your individual situation.


2. Avoid diuretic drinks.

caffeine coffee is a diureticAlcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks like coffee, soda, and tea are common culprits that can overstimulate the bladder. Diuretics dehydrate you and make your body lose more fluid, which in turn will make you need to use the restroom more often. This may cause more incidences of incontinence than if you consume fluids like water, juice, or other healthy and decaffeinated drinks.

Talk to your prescribing healthcare professional about how much fluid intake is right for your needs.


3. Drop excess weight.

Since extra weight, particularly in the abdominal region, can press on your bladder and cause leakage, it may be a good idea to lose weight to help reduce the occurrence of stress incontinence "accidents."

On top of that, fine-tuning your daily diet and exercising more often can improve your overall well-being and make it easier to enjoy the physical activities that you love. 

Consult with your doctor about whether you should lose any weight for your health. They can also discuss what could be the most efficient and healthiest way to lose weight for you.


Other Treatment Options for Incontinence

older couple walkingIf you have stress incontinence or any other symptoms of abnormal bladder function, please make an appointment to speak with your doctor. The sooner you can get your condition diagnosed, the sooner you can begin a treatment plan and get back to your normal life and favorite physical activities. 

In addition to treatment options such as lifestyle changes and prescription medication, your doctor might recommend the use of incontinence products like padded undergarments or external catheters.

It's possible that your doctor may also recommend that you begin draining your bladder with a urinary catheter to avoid leaking and dribbling and treat your incontinence issues. While this may sound intimidating at first, many people who live with urinary incontinence use intermittent catheter supplies every day and are able to participate in many of the same physical activities and sports that they enjoy. Even traveling with intermittent catheters can be a breeze once you get into a routine.

Has your doctor recommended that you start to use intermittent catheters as part of your individualized treatment plan? You may be asking yourself, "Where can I buy catheters?"

With over a decade of experience in specializing in intermittent catheter supplies, 180 Medical can provide you with the best quality intermittent catheters along with the best customer service in the business.

Contact us today!

Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of stress incontinence and potential options for treatment. This information should not be used in place of the recommendations and treatment plan of your prescribing healthcare provider.



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Bladder-Friendly Mango Salsa

by AmyHernandez May 16 2018 05:48

For many of the 4 to 12 million people in the US living with Interstitial Cystitis (also known as IC, painful bladder syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, or bladder pain syndrome) sticking to a certain bladder-friendly diet allows them to keep their pain in check. However, the extensive lists of ‘foods to avoid’ can be discouraging, and trying to only eat the ‘safe foods’ can make some people afraid to even eat anything!

It can also be difficult to find bladder-friendly recipes online or elsewhere for those living with Interstitial Cystitis. That’s exactly what led 180 Medical employee, Trish, who has IC, to get creative and make up some of her own recipes that are tasty and easy on the bladder. Because she could not find a mango salsa recipe without spicy peppers, lime, or other citrus, she decided to make her own!



 Without further ado, we give you...

Trish's Bladder-Friendly Mango Salsa

   

INGREDIENTS:

  • Small sweet peppers or large red, yellow, and orange bell peppers (you can change the size of the vegetables based upon how much you need to make for your meal)
  • One small white or red onion (depending on how strong you like your onion and what your bladder can tolerate)
  • One large ripe-ish mango (it must still be firm or it does not cut very well)
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wash and cut peppers in half, clean out the seeds.

  2. Peel, wash, chop the onion, chop the peppers, put them all in a bowl.

  3. Chop the mango, clean the seeds.

  4. Place the mango into the bowl with the other veggies, stir them together, then add a teaspoon or a splash of olive oil, two small pinches of sea salt, and one to two turns of ground black pepper (depending upon what your bladder can tolerate).

  5. Stir everything together, and chill until served.

  6. Serve with grilled salmon, tacos, corn chips, chicken—you name it!

Even though there is currently no known cure for Interstitial Cystitis, there are many treatments that can help minimize symptoms. Eating foods that cause less bladder irritation is a great start! Keep in mind that the different foods and beverages which impact bladder symptoms are unique for each person living with IC, so you might have to try many different options before you find the right diet for your own needs.

Since many of our customers live with conditions that require them to use catheters, such as spinal cord injury, neurogenic bladder, and sometimes Interstitial Cystitis, bladder health is a core focus here at 180 Medical. If you are suffering through the symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, know that you are not alone in your personal journey.

Do you have any favorite recipes from your Interstitial Cystitis diet that you'd like to share? Send them over to us so we can continue sharing bladder-friendly recipes with the IC community!



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About the Author:

Amy is the Web Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical. Her favorite thing about working at 180 Medical is being part of a company that is truly committed to improving the lives of its customers. When she's not at work she enjoys traveling, camping, rock climbing, and spending time with her husband and three incredible stepchildren.

The Link Between Urinary Incontinence & Depression in Women

by Jessica February 17 2018 00:22
urinary incontinence and depression in women link

Being afraid to sneeze or laugh too hard...rushing to make it to the restroom in time...worrying about leakage...

These probably sound like familiar concerns if you're one of the 13 million people in the United States who live with urinary incontinence.

When you have urinary incontinence, fears like this are normal. However, you may find that your mood has persistently worsened over time, and you may be dealing with feelings of sadness or hopelessness that are hard if not impossible to shake off.

Although a healthcare professional will need to see you in order to properly diagnose you and get you started on a treatment plan that gets your life turned back around and back on track, it's very possible that you could be suffering from depression related to incontinence.

Still, we understand you probably want answers now before you schedule an appointment to see your doctor, and 180 Medical has the need-to-know info about incontinence and depression. We've also included some helpful resources and support options in this blog. Read on to learn more!


Who Is Affected By Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence can happen to anyone at any age, but studies show that women experience urinary incontinence twice as much as men do.

Why is that? The main factor is the pelvic anatomy of women and how it differs from that of men, as well as hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause. 


Other potential causes of female incontinence may include:

  • Bladder muscle weakness
  • Pelvic floor weakness
  • Urinary tract infections, which can increase the urge the void your bladder and sometimes cause leakage
  • Being over the healthy weight for your body type and height
  • A medical condition from birth like spina bifida, which can also affect the bladder, depending upon severity
  • Side effects from certain medicines
  • Drinking diuretic liquids like coffee, tea, and colas
  • Certain neurological disorders

Women are also more susceptible to UTIs (urinary tract infections) and bladder infections, and this can sometimes worsen incontinence. This is because UTIs tend to increase the urge to void the bladder, sometimes involuntarily.

The additional risk of infections in women is also due to anatomy. The vagina, urethra, and anus are positioned more closely together on the female body, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel up the urethra.


depression in females with urinary incontinence

Can Urinary Incontinence Cause Depression?

As mentioned earlier, there actually is a strong link between urinary incontinence and depression, particularly in younger women. A recent paper published by researchers took a look at this connection and tried to find out the causes as well as what could be done to treat both conditions. 

One potential cause identified could be weight gain and/or childbirth, which are both commonly related to urinary incontinence as well as depression (particularly postpartum depression in the case of new mothers). The reason for this is that when the pelvic floor muscles are stretched, whether due to bearing a child, gaining weight, or other conditions, it can make it more difficult to tighten the muscles that close off the sphincter of the bladder, and this can result in mild to excessive leakage or dribbling of urine.

Another reason may be related to societal stigma regarding disorders affecting the bladder and bowels. People living with incontinence may feel like they're totally alone, or they may experience shame or embarrassment about their condition.

The research ultimately concluded that more must be done to educate women on prevention and treatment options for incontinence as well as depression. 


Treatment of Incontinence and Depression

If you are experiencing urinary incontinence and/or feelings of depression, we want to assure you that there is nothing to feel ashamed of. Millions of other people are going through this too, and even if you feel some embarrassment addressing these conditions with your doctor, they will not judge or shame you in any way. Healthcare professionals want to help their patients heal and find proper treatment plans in order to improve your condition and your overall quality of life.

Treatments depend on your personal medical history as well as the severity and type of symptoms you're experiencing.

Your doctor may also want you to record a bladder diary for several days or weeks as well, which may sound like a pain, but they may be able to provide you with an easy-to-use booklet in which to record your symptoms, when and how often you're urinating or having accidents, and other information.

urinary incontinence bladder diary appThere are also some helpful smartphone apps, such as UroBladderDiary, which may be easier for you to use. Recording this kind of information in an app rather than a written journal can also be a real help if you want to keep your symptoms private from those around you. 

While it may seem daunting right now, the sooner you can schedule an appointment with your doctor, the sooner you can get on the road to recovery.

Even if it doesn't feel like it right now, there is light ahead.


Helpful Resources and Support

A few resources and options for support, both online and in-person, can definitely be useful when you're not sure where to go next for information. 

These links may be helpful in your journey back to wellness
:

Incontinence Support Center: A Caring Community
This website has helpful articles as well as an online forum where you can talk to other women who are experiencing the same symptoms as you are.

Daily Strength Urinary Incontinence Support Group
Connect online with others living with urinary incontinence and other bladder issues. You can find support, encouragement, and tips from fellow women living with incontinence.

Find a Therapist through Psychology Today
Just enter your city or zip code, and you will be provided with a list of local mental health professionals and counselors to whom you can reach out. This site also has options to list local support groups and treatment centers. 

ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) Support Groups Near You

Find free support groups near you. This helpful website also offers facts about depression and anxiety, tips on how to deal with your feelings, and more.

Postpartum Support International
Learn more about life after having a child, including postpartum depression and potential therapy options. You also have options to call a support line and chat with a mental health expert, join an online support group for other women living with postpartum depression, and more. 

Crisis Text Line
This free support is available 24 hours a day, every day, for those in crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor can respond and text with you on a secure platform and help you.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Sometimes depression and feelings of hopelessness can become so severe that you don't feel like there is any other way out of your problems, but there always is. You can visit this website, or if you need someone to speak with immediately, simply call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-273-8255 at any time of day, and someone can speak with you.


Intermittent Catheterization As Incontinence Treatment

treat your incontinence and depressionIf your doctor determines that something as simple as intermittent catheterization can help treat your urinary incontinence, our Catheter Specialists at 180 Medical are always ready to lend you a compassionate ear and walk you through your first experience of getting the right female catheter products for your individual needs. 

You will never be shamed or made to feel embarrassed when you speak with anyone at 180 Medical. This is our specialty, and we speak to many people of all ages and genders who require the use of intermittent catheters, ostomy products, and other related medical supplies.

Our goal is to help turn your life around, so we'll do what we can to make the experience of getting your catheters and other female incontinence supplies as easy and worry-free as possible. 

With the right resources and support behind you, you could be feeling like your old self again soon! If you're experiencing symptoms of incontinence or depression, it's a great idea to get the ball rolling by calling your doctor to schedule an appointment to diagnose your symptoms today.



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Our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

by Jessica December 29 2017 14:36
180 medical's top 10 most popular blog posts of 2017

2017 has been a wonderful year for 180 Medical, and we certainly hope it's been a year of good health and fun for you too!

We posted a lot of blogs over the year, including topics like the latest catheter and ostomy product news, fun company happenings and charitable events in our community, in-depth looks at our inspiring 2017 Scholarship Program recipients, and as always, helpful and informative posts related to intermittent catheters, ostomy supplies, and more.

While we look forward ahead to all the great things coming in 2018, we've compiled this list of 180 Medical's ten most popular blog posts from 2017!


top blogs of 2017 10top blogs of 2017 10 Steps to Receiving Your Ostomy Supplies
If you are about to undergo or have recently had an ostomy surgery (whether ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy), you're probably looking for some of the most concise, helpful basics about how to start getting the ostomy products and accessories that you will need. From getting the right fit and the necessary supplies for your individual needs to getting your very first shipment, 180 Medical is here to help and support you the whole way!


top blogs of 2017 9Why Do I Need to Use Coudé Catheters?
If you've been advised by your doctor that you need to use a curved tip or coudé catheter, you might be wondering what this kind of urinary catheter is for and why you need to use this type rather than the standard straight tip. This blog post sums up everything you need to know about what coudé catheters are, what they're used for, factors or conditions that contribute to the need to use a coudé tip instead of a straight tip catheter, as well as information on how to insert and use a coudé catheter.


top blogs of 2017 8Determined Spirit: Jen Goodwin's Story of Life After Her Spinal Cord Injury
We are honored by being able to feature some of our customers on our blog along with their unique stories, and when you read Jen's story, you can see why she is such a delight to speak with, as well as a true inspiration to all who know her. Jen could have chosen to give up after an accident left her quadriplegic. Instead, she decided to set her sights high and began achieving her goals, one after the other. A lot of readers, including everyone at 180 Medical, were awed by Jen and her incredible story.


top blogs of 2017 7Tips for Preventing the Risk of UTIs When Cathing
UTIs (urinary tract infections) are not all that uncommon to people who use catheters. Find out more about some of the most common symptoms of UTIs, some risk factors, as well as the best ways to prevent the recurrence of infections.


top blogs of 2017 6Bladder Cancer: Symptoms and Risk Factors
Did you know that bladder cancer is the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the USA? It's important to know some of the potential causes/risks as well as symptoms. The sooner bladder cancer can be diagnosed, the sooner treatment and recovery can begin.


top blogs of 2017 5Tips for Holiday Travel When You Have Urinary Incontinence
Traveling around the busy holidays, whether by car or plane, can be stressful enough without also dealing with urinary incontinence. We've got the tips to help you navigate traveling, whether by car or plane, including TSA regulations for carry-on luggage, helpful smartphone apps to find public bathrooms, and other helpful information.


top blogs of 2017 4Beating Spinal Cord Injury One Day at a Time: Mason Ellis's Story
Since a car accident in Mason's senior year of high school left him quadriplegic, he has been determined to beat his injury. He has become an inspiration to many through his determination and sincere desire to connect with others and help them. Find out all about what he does now to help others, including starting up his own successful YouTube channel to help others with spinal cord injuries and limited mobility accomplish tasks like dressing, dealing with spasms, self-cathing, and more.


top blogs of 2017 3Top 10 Reasons to Work at 180 Medical
180 Medical has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma (based on employee's anonymous feedback) for eight years for many reasons. If you're seeking a career with a company that devotes itself to core values like compassion and integrity where you can truly make a difference, check out some of the top reasons to apply at 180 Medical.


top blogs of 2017 2What are the Basics of Clean Intermittent Catheterization?
Intermittent catheterization doesn't sound fun or easy when you're brand new to it, but with the right information and instructions at hand, you can become a seasoned pro at self-cathing. Check out our helpful post on the basics of what intermittent urinary catheters and the process of cathing is all about.


top blogs of 2017 1Pocket Catheters 101
Pocket catheters are all the buzz in the cathing world this year, and we suspect the trend for discreet, travel-ready catheters will continue as more people find out about these handy urinary catheter options. Find out all about what pocket catheters are and why they are both popular and beneficial for many catheter-users, and take a look at a few of the many options available at 180 Medical.

Thank you for reading our blog! We at 180 Medical wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy new year to come, and we hope you'll join us for all the informative and interesting posts in 2018.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares both for its employees and its customers.

 

Tips for Holiday Travel When You Have Urinary Incontinence

by Jessica November 30 2017 05:43
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We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Although Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, millions of Americans will probably be on the road and up in the air from now until the end of the year to visit loved ones. 

While holidays can be joyous, we know they can also be quite stressful. However, for the more than 25 million Americans living with urinary incontinence, holiday travel can feel even more stressful.

If you have to travel by vehicle or plane, you might be intimidated by the prospect of bringing along your catheters or using them in public restrooms. You are certainly not alone in this concern. We even wrote about traveling by air with catheters a few years ago, which we encourage you to check out when you're done reading this post.

Our Top Tips for Holiday Travel

traveling by air with cathetersHere are a few of our top travel tips if you use incontinence products, catheters, and other urological or ostomy supplies:

  • If you plan to travel on an airplane, be sure to check with your airline to find out what can and cannot be carried on the plane. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also has a comprehensive website that may help you with additional questions about what you can bring on board or pack in your checked luggage.
  • You might consider reserving an aisle seat on the airplane so that you can reach the bathroom quickly and without potentially disrupting other passengers when you need to get up and go.
  • If it's a long flight, you could also wear protective undergarments that can manage any leakage or odor for your peace of mind.
  • When traveling long distances by car, plan your trip using a GPS to determine where there are public bathrooms.
  • There are a number of useful smartphone apps for those who use catheters or are in wheelchairs, as well as apps that can help you find a public bathroom in a hurry, like SitOrSquatt and Where to Wee.

Other Helpful Information to Keep in Mind

Although the holidays are known as a time to indulge, you may want to consult with your doctor on what liquids or foods might cause you trouble. For example, both alcohol and caffeine are known bladder irritants, and they have diuretic properties, which may make you need to use the restroom more frequently. 

closed system catheter kits travelIf you are concerned about hygiene while using your catheters in public restrooms, you may want to consider using a closed system catheter kit, or pack additional supplies such as gloves and antiseptic wipes. 

Our friendly trained Product Specialists at 180 Medical will be glad to help you look into some of the best catheter kits for your needs and let you know if these supplies will be covered by your insurance. Contact us today!


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WOC Nurse Week 2017

by Jessica April 21 2017 02:48
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Nurses across the country are such a crucial part of healthcare, but this week in particular (April 16-22, 2017) is dedicated to the nurses that specialize in the field of wound, ostomy (urostomy, colostomy, & ileostomy) and continence care (such as bowel or bladder incontinence). At 180 Medical, we feel honored to be able to work with certified nurses in better assisting our ostomy patients with their diverse, individual needs, whether they're dealing with skin irritation around their stoma, leakage issues, or something else that requires the medical advice of a trained professional.
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If your life has been touched by a WOC (Wound, Ostomy, & Continence) nurse, whether due to issues with pressure sores and other difficult-to-heal wounds, bowel or urinary incontinence, or ostomy issues, you know you have a compassionate advocate on your side who can offer your educational information, personalized care, and more. Although there are thousands of certified WOC nurses across the country, we appreciate every single one, because we see firsthand how much they affect the lives of the patients they advise and treat. 

One of our Ostomy Specialists, Cait, had this to say about the special relationship 180 Medical has with WOC Nurses: "When talking to our new ostomy customers, who may often feel frustrated by their situation, it's wonderful to be able to reassure them that not only are we here to help them, but we also have a connection to a team of certified WOC Nurses they can talk to, free of charge! The fact that we work with WOCNs so closely allows us to raise the level of service we can provide, & we love that opportunity to be able to make sure our customers get the best care possible."




We're glad to use this week to spread awareness about the great significance of WOC Nurses and both recognize and honor what they do every day to help their patients. Their great compassion and dedication to their work is inspiring.

More information about WOC Nurses can be found at www.wocn.org.

If you have an ostomy and are seeking a reliable provider for your ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy supplies, 180 Medical can help you. We also provide intermittent catheter supplies, and our helpful Specialists can assist in finding the right products for your individual needs and then ship them right to your doorstep to lighten your burden and make the transition to living with an ostomy a little easier. Just give us a call at 1-877-688-2729.

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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.

Tips for Managing Urinary Incontinence in the Winter

by Jessica February 23 2017 09:40

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. There are a number of causes, ranging from getting older, childbirth, accidents, nerve damage, and other interrelated conditions. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges as well. An individual may leak urine occasionally or during physical activity only, or there may be no warning at all before a sudden and intense urge to urinate. 

If you are currently living with incontinence, you are certainly not the only one. In fact, it's quite common; people just don't talk as openly or comfortably about it as other conditions. According to the Urinary Care Foundation, a quarter to a third of men and women in the United States has some form of urinary incontinence. When medication or other treatment methods such as surgery are not enough, intermittent catheters may be prescribed to help manage the incontinence. 

older couple in winter As we are now in the winter season, it's important to prepare yourself for the symptoms of urinary incontinence to maintain your day-to-day life.

Here are several things to keep in mind:


Stay Hydrated: It might seem counter-intuitive to drink more liquids to manage urinary incontinence, but hydration is important for managing the urinary system as well as maintaining the health of your entire body. Dehydration can cause thickening of the urine, which may irritate the bladder. You lose water every time you breathe, especially in the cold, dry weather in winter. Even though you may not feel dehydrated, monitor your fluid intake just to be on the safe side. 

Avoid Diuretics: Pay attention to the types of fluid you drink. In winter, you may be more likely to drink tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, which all contain levels of caffeine. Caffeine is a known diuretic, which can irritate the bladder and worsen the symptoms of incontinence.

Empty Your Bladder Before Leaving the House: Symptoms of urinary incontinence often come without warning. Before you leave the house on a day when you know you are going to be gone for a while, use the restroom beforehand to ensure your bladder is empty. This is especially important in winter when extreme weather occurrences are more likely, which may create traffic delays and other issues which might keep you away from a bathroom. 

If you use intermittent catheters to manage urinary incontinence, we have a wide variety of catheters to choose from. Contact us today to learn more about our products, services, and more. 

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A Guide to Male Incontinence Causes and Treatments

by Jessica July 21 2016 20:04
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Although Men's Health Month was last month (June), it's still very important to bring awareness year-round to common health issues affecting males. One such condition is incontinence, which can affect either gender. This is a condition where one is unable to control their bladder, which can develop suddenly or gradually over a period of time. 

Given the private nature of this condition, some men may feel embarrassed and will not seek out medical help. In addition to that, men, as a whole, do not go to the doctor as often as women. Therefore, they are less likely to receive a medical diagnosis and treatment plan and could potentially go years living with incontinence.

With this in mind, we want to provide a short guide to help men understand why they may be experiencing urinary incontinence, what they can expect when they visit a doctor, and potential treatment plans. 

What is Male Incontinence?

In a nutshell, male incontinence occurs when a patient can't control his bladder. There are several types of male urinary incontinence:

  1.  The first is stress incontinence. This occurs when an individual lifts a heavy object or strongly coughs and experiences bladder leakage. 
  2.  The second is urge incontinence. When this happens, the bladder contracts for an abnormal reason, which triggers urination.male urologist
  3.  The third is mixed incontinence which is a combination of stress and urge incontinence.
  4.  Finally, the fourth is overflow incontinence. This means that the bladder can't completely empty for some reason (urinary retention) and leakage occurs unexpectedly.

What Causes Male Incontinence?

There are a number of conditions that could potentially cause male urinary incontinence. While aging can certainly perpetuate those conditions, incontinence is not necessarily a normal sign of getting older. Some of the most common causes of male incontinence include an enlarged prostate, Parkinson's disease, and panic disorder. In addition to that, male incontinence could also be the result of a surgery or certain medications. For example, incontinence is a common side effect of prostate removal surgery.

What Might Your Doctor Recommend?

When a patient schedules an appointment with his doctor, the doctor will conduct a complete diagnostic exam to learn more about th
e symptoms and rule out specific conditions. He or she may recommend specific lifestyle changes. 

In the event of total incontinence, or if the symptoms of incontinence cannot be managed, the patient may require ongoing intermittent catheterization. The doctor and/or nurses will provide information on catheter kits, offer instruction on how to self-cath, and show the patient how to maintain a sterile environment to reduce the chances of an infection. In addition, the team of specialists here at 180 Medical can provide support in choosing the correct catheter for your needs, along with answering your insurance questions, offering billing support, and more. 

Male incontinence is more common than you think. If you are experiencing symptoms of incontinence, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to get treated and improve your day-to-day life.