Using a Rectal Double Balloon Catheter

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We are talking only about rectal balloon catheters that generally come in sizes from 100 cc to 750 cc in volume size.  That is the size of the catheter when fully inflated.

 Rectal Balloon Catheter Warning

There are two styles of double balloon catheters the old-style where the blunt end of the balloon is at the front of the catheter.
This style makes it harder to insert the blunt end of the catheter into the anus.

Old-style Double Balloon Catheter 250cc x 250cc

 Double Balloon Catheter in Use.

  The new style of double balloon catheter has the small end of the balloon at the front of the catheter.
This style is a lot easier to insert the catheter into the anus. Because of the direction of its tapered balloon.

New Style Double Balloon Catheter

Silicone 250cc x 500cc.

  These rectal balloon catheters are now made from either latex or silicone.
Silicone is not affected by petroleum based products.

Inserting a Balloon Catheter
Inserting a balloon catheter can be made easier by.

  1. Open Valve  and Compress all of the air out of the balloon
    Close Valve
    By compressing the balloon it reduces the diameter making it easier for insertion into the anus. This is a 750cc.single balloon catheter but this process will work with either a single balloon catheter or a double balloon catheter of any size. On a double balloon catheter you only need to compress the front balloon. The one inserted into the anus.

  2. Close the valve on the inflation bulb.

     Anal Lubrication  Lubricate the outside of the balloon and inside and outside of the anus. With a non petroleum based lubricant like ( Surgilube  Astroglide  KY Warming Liquid Lubricant )
    Petroleum based lubricants will deteriorate and dissolve rubber and latex. Unless you have a silicone catheter.

  3. Hold the balloon catheter between your thumb and three fingers compressing it to make it is small as possible.
    This is difficult if you are inserting it by yourself.  When using a balloon catheter is much easier to have somebody else insert the catheter into your  anus.
    If you are inserting the catheter into yourself this is the easiest way to achieve this.

    If you are inserting it into somebody else this way would be used.

  1. The  first balloon is inserted just inside the  anal sphincter " anus" and the balloon inflated depending upon the size of the balloon usually 4 to 6 pumps of the inflation device is sufficient to inflate the balloon enough.  Depending upon the size of the balloon.  Some people may require more.
    Rectal Balloon Catheter Sizes When Inflated
  2. After the balloon is inserted and inflated lightly tug on the tube to ensure that the balloon is in place.
  3. Then the balloon outside the anus is inflated and this pulls the inflated balloon inside the anus tight against the anal sphincter this will give a very good anal seal. 4 to 6 pumps of the inflation device should be enough to secure a seal.
    When inflating the outer balloon you can feel the internal balloon pulling against the inside of the anal sphincter.

 Rectal Balloon Catheter Warning

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