What It Is
The UroCycler® is an automatic cycling anti-reflux valve that is attached to any existing indwelling catheter. Its purpose is to help restore the normal functionality of the bladder. The current product design incorporates this valve along with a drainage tube and a 2000 ml collection bag. The device effectively serves as a “brain” for the catheter and drainage system. A new UroCycler should be installed which each new indwelling urinary catheter.
What It Does
When urine pressure reaches a level that indicates a filled bladder, the ceramic magnets inside the valve separate and open up, allowing the bladder to drain. The UroCycler® then closes and near-normal rhythmic filling and flushing cycles continue.
By allowing the bladder to retain urine, the UroCycler® enables the bladder to wash itself naturally. This helps reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). This medical device is life-changing for the patient and the caregiver alike.
How It Works
The UroCycler® is composed of a pressure-activated valve that is not dependent on volume. It works like this:
The kidneys produce urine which flows into the urinary bladder. As more urine fills the bladder, the pressure inside the bladder increases. The UroCycler® valve senses when the pressure in the bladder reaches 15 to 30 cm of pressure, and at that point, the valve opens, allowing urine to drain out of the bladder and into the attached urine collection bag.
When the UroCycler® valve opens, emptying or washout of the bladder occurs. This is the body's chief defense against UTIs. Bacteria are eliminated; urine pH level is normal.
As the UroCycler® valve repeatedly opens and closes, the bladder's normal filling and voiding pressures are restored. The bladder's muscle elasticity is improved. The bladder essentially "retrains itself", returning towards normal function.
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An Award-Winning Medical Device
The UroCycler® was bestowed the Da Vinci Award by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. We are deeply grateful for and humbled by this recognition.