Removing a Foley catheter while the balloon is still inflated can cause several types of injuries, primarily because the balloon is designed to hold the catheter in place inside the bladder. When removed improperly (i.e., without first deflating the balloon), it can lead to significant trauma. Here are some of the potential injuries:

  1. Urethral Trauma: This is one of the most common injuries. The force of pulling an inflated balloon through the urethra can cause tearing, leading to pain, bleeding, and long-term damage such as strictures (narrowing of the urethra).

  2. Bladder Trauma: The bladder wall can be injured if the balloon is forcibly pulled against it. This might cause bleeding within the bladder and potential damage to the bladder wall.

  3. Hematuria: Blood in the urine can occur due to trauma to any part of the urinary tract through which the catheter passes.

  4. Infection: Any trauma to the urinary tract increases the risk of infection. This can include urinary tract infections or more severe infections if bacteria spread.

  5. Pain and Discomfort: In addition to the physical injuries, significant pain and discomfort can occur during and after the incorrect removal of a Foley catheter.

  6. Urethral Stricture: Chronic injury from such trauma can lead to urethral stricture, where scar tissue causes narrowing of the urethra, leading to difficulty urinating and other complications.

If a Foley catheter is removed while the balloon is inflated, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately to address any potential injuries and manage pain. Proper training and careful handling are essential to prevent such occurrences in medical settings.

You can reach Medical Malpractice Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected] or by text at (305) 929-8935.

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
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