Dr. Jessica Madden

Doctor's Appointment for Incontinence

Read how to make a doctor's appointment for incontinence and see if you can get free incontinence supplies through Aeroflow Urology.

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Introducing Ostomy Products

Introducing Ostomy Products

For years, Aeroflow Healthcare has offered quality medical products, equipment and services to patients across the nation. Now we are excited to announce that in addition to our already extensive list of product categories, Aeroflow will be offering ostomy products as well. Utilizing leading names in the industry such as Convatec, Hollister and Coloplast, Aeroflow’s ostomy division will provide full service assistance to patients with various types of ostomy procedures.

Patients with ostomy procedures can find that wading through the many various pieces of renewable equipment, including bags, wafers, adhesive and more, can be daunting. For patients dealing with difficult medical procedures which can require a great deal of lifestyle adjustment, managing your own supplies every month can be overwhelming. By working with a full service durable medical equipment provider, like Aeroflow Healthcare, a great deal of the stress of ostomy products can be alleviated for patients and their caregivers. This can be accomplished in a variety of avenues.

The most obvious difficulty of dealing with any renewable medical supplies would be the billing and insurance aspect. For a procedure such as ostomy, which requires supplies to be replaced daily, and replenished monthly, navigating insurance filing, copays, and supply allowable amounts can be stressful. Aeroflow Healthcare is equipped to file medical claims with most major insurances, including working with Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and most other commercial plans. Our staff can educate you on how many ostomy products you qualify for each month, ensuring that you get the supplies you need and are entitled to under your insurance, in many cases at little or no cost to you.

The other major difficulty ostomy patients face is managing your supply levels for all the various parts of managing an ostomy system. Rather than managing your own supplies, dealing with shipping, and risking running out of ostomy products, Aeroflow Healthcare can take the headache out of this process. Our trained supply staff will record what products you are using, make recommendations if desired, and even call you when you are due under your insurance for new supplies. We will then ship your ostomy supplies directly to your door, with no added fee for shipping and handling. This will allow patients to maximize not only their insurance but their personal time. Products are delivered securely and discretely to your home, nationwide.

Ostomy procedures can be a major lifestyle adjustment for both patients and caregivers, but they do not have to mean compromising your quality of life. While the circumstances requiring an ostomy cannot be controlled, the amount of effort required for patients and their caregivers can be managed. Dealing with a licensed, experienced, reputable company like Aeroflow Healthcare can take a great deal of the stress and hardship out of the process. If you or someone you know has a colostomy, ileostomy, or any other procedure requiring ostomy products, don’t delay! Contact Aeroflow Healthcare today and help get back on the road to independence and quality of life. Call us at 855-212-3211 to speak with a representative or fill out our qualify through insurance form.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.

Diapers or Pull-Ups? Which is Right For Me?

Of the many challenging health concerns that a person may deal with over the course of their life, few are as inconvenient and sensitive as incontinence. In adjusting to life with incontinence, many patients will find that their already difficult situation can be further complicated by the sheer wealth of options that exist to mitigate the symptoms of incontinence. This is true even in the category of disposable underwear products.

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What is an External Catheter?

In exploring options to deal with urinary incontinence, many patients find the use of intermittent catheters to be a daunting prospect. The use of incontinence products, in general, can be a great adjustment for patients who have conditions which necessitate their use. For men, due to possible physiological obstructions and difficulties, intermittent self-catheterization can be particularly intimidating. In cases such as this, many men will explore options which do not require traditional catheterization.

What is an External Catheter

The external or condom catheter is a considerably less invasive form of catheterization than most intermittent catheter systems. Condom catheters use a latex or rubber shell to encase the tip of the penis and connect directly to a drain bag most commonly strapped to the inner thigh. Because no part of the catheter enters the patient’s urethra, there is considerably less risk of damage to the urethra, as well as infection which can stem from improper hygiene practices during catheterization. In fact, a 2006 study by the American Journal of Geriatrics found that patients utilizing external or condom catheters were nearly 40% less likely to develop a UTI than compared with those patients on a program of intermittent catheterization.

One of the most common concurrent health concerns for men with urinary incontinence is an enlarged prostate. This condition can make standard straight intermittent catheters nearly impossible to utilize with any degree of success. Many men may even find the coude tip catheter, which is often prescribed for just such a complication, to be difficult to successfully insert multiple times a day. For patients who have difficulty with the process, the convenience and ease of an external catheter may be preferable.

One of the main benefits of external catheterization is discretion and convenience. Because they must be changed considerably less frequently than most types of intermittent catheters, condom catheters can greatly reduce overall trips to the bathroom for patients utilizing them. Whereas many types of intermittent catheters must be changed multiple times a day, condom catheters are changed most often once daily. Catheterization can often require patients to plan ahead in order to ascertain discrete and sanitary locations for them to catheterize. This can be particularly cumbersome when traveling or attending long events such as sporting events or conferences. In cases such as these, the larger volume of a condom catheter and the ease of utilizing it without as much upkeep and maintenance can make external catheters very appealing.

Urinary incontinence can be a major life adjustment, but it does not have to be painful, difficult, or embarrassing. When supported and educated properly, many patients can maintain their previous quality of life even when utilizing catheter products. Men with urinary incontinence should consider the possibility of external catheter use even sporadically when conditions such as travel or events necessitate it.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.