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Preventing Stomal Stenosis in MACE and Mitrofanoff Patients

For patients who suffer from fecal or urinary incontinence, doctors may recommend a MACE or Mitrofanoff procedure to manage the condition and improve the patient’s quality of life. A MACE, or Malone antegrade continence enema, procedure involves using the appendix to create a continent catheterizable stoma to flush the colon and empty the bowels. It … Read more

Making Self-Catheterization Possible for Quadriplegics with the MTG Eagle® Board

Adaptive bladder management methods are essential for quadriplegics with limited hand dexterity and can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life and overall independence.  As a quadriplegic with limited hand dexterity, you may use catheter assistive devices to independently self-cath. Typical intermittent catheterization accessories include a catheter inserter, clothing hooks, extension tubing, urinal or … Read more

Helpful Hints: Finding the Female Urethral Opening and Avoiding UTIs

At MTG, we interact with a lot of catheter users, and we often hear that women who self-cath have difficulty locating the female urethral opening. Fortunately, with some practice, you can become a pro at self-catheterization and find the urethral opening with ease. What is the Urethra? The urethra is the tube that connects the … Read more

Self-Catheterization Options for Spinal Cord Injuries and Limited Hand Dexterity

Many individuals with spinal cord injuries and limited hand dexterity have been told they’d never be able to independently self-catheterize due to the limited options on the market for individuals with spinal cord injuries and limited hand dexterity. Typical intermittent catheters are often laborious for quadriplegics and tetraplegic patients to independently catheterize, leaving them to … Read more

Spinal Cord Injury 101: Spinal Cord Injury Levels and What They Mean

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are an estimated 300,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury, with approximately 17,730 new injuries occurring every year. While every spinal cord injury is different, knowing your level of injury and classification of spinal cord injury can help determine treatment options and help you … Read more

Staying Active with Adaptive Yoga After SCI

Adjusting to life after a spinal cord injury is challenging, and individuals with SCIs often struggle with finding ways to stay active. But regular physical activity is crucial for staying healthy, especially if you have a spinal cord injury. Staying active after a spinal cord injury can help reduce the risk of chronic health problems … Read more

Top 4 Benefits of Using Closed System Catheter Kits

As an ISC user, you have a lot of catheterization supplies to manage. Making sure you always have the necessary catheterization supplies, including your catheters, antiseptic wipes, lubricant, underpad, gloves, hand sanitizer, and whatever else you may need, can often be difficult, especially when you are on the go. Rather than keep track of all … Read more

Understanding Medicare Guidelines for Closed System Catheters

Medicare can be stressful and confusing, and you are not alone if you don’t understand Medicare guidelines for intermittent catheters, especially when it comes to qualifying for closed system catheters. At MTG, we strive to provide closed system catheters that provide protection against UTIs and are covered by insurance, but we often get questions about … Read more

Adding Voiding Maneuvers to Your Bladder Management Routine to Improve Bladder Emptying

Do you struggle with urinary retention and fully emptying your bladder during intermittent self-catheterization? If you are unable to fully empty your bladder with self-catheterization, you are leaving residual urine in the bladder, making you susceptible to developing a urinary tract infection. Adding various voiding maneuvers to your bladder management routine may help improve urinary … Read more

Common Questions About Intermittent Catheterization Answered

We’re sharing answers to some of the most common questions we hear about intermittent catheterization. Whether you’ve just started self-cathing or you’re just interested in learning more, here are some topics to get you started. Be sure to consult your healthcare professionals before beginning any new treatment or procedure.  Q. Why is Catheterization Needed?  A. … Read more