The Flip-Flo valve is a tap-like device which fits into the end of your catheter (urethral or suprapubic). It offers you an alternative to using urinary drainage bags. Your bladder can continue to store urine and can be emptied intermittently by
releasing the valve. A Flip-Flo can be used whether your catheter is permanent or temporary.
If indicated, biopsies can be taken and cautery used to minimise bleeding. Either a general anaesthetic or a spinal anaesthetic can be used. It may be a day procedure or possibly an overnight stay. If more extensive biopsies are required, then a catheter may be inserted to aid bladder drainage and comfort after the procedure.
Many people may prefer to use a Flip-Flo as it is more discreet and comfortable than a leg bag. It may reduce the risk of infection and blockage of your catheter by allowing the intermittent flushing of urine. If you are likely to have your catheter removed in the future, then a Flip-Flo valve may make this more successful as your bladder function is more likely to be maintained.
You should open the Flip-Flo whenever you feel the need to pass urine, before going to bed at night and first thing in the morning. If you wake up in the night and feel that you wish to pass urine, then do so. During the day you should release your catheter at least every 4-6 hours, or more if you drink frequently. Prior to opening your bowels, open the Flip-Flo, as this will minimise leakage around your catheter (bypassing).
We recommend the Flip-Flo remains in place for the six weekly duration of your catheter. However, if you wish to change it, you can do this easily by yourself. Wash your hands first and then empty your bladder by opening the Flip-Flo. Remove your old Flip-Flo and then replace it with your new one. Discard the old Flip-Flo.
Yes, it is possible with most drainage bags. With a night bag, simply connect to the end of the Flip-Flo and leave in the open position to drain overnight. Disconnect and empty the bag in the morning. You can also use the Flip-Flo with a leg bag. This allows you to drain your bladder intermittently into your leg bag and is particularly handy when toilet use may be difficult.
Wash the area where your catheter enters your body as part of your daily hygiene regime. Avoid applying creams, antiseptics and talcum powder around this area. Bathing or showering with a Flip-Flo in place will not cause any harm.
If you get a discharge from the catheter entry point to your body, clean this area more often and contact a healthcare professional if it persists or has a strong odour.
A Flip-Flo can easily be placed into your underwear. Alternatively, a leg strap on your upper thigh will also provide support. You do not need to keep the Flip-Flo lower than your bladder when it is not being emptied.
Keep them in their original packaging in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight. Remember your catheters and Flip-Flo are sterile, so look after them. Do not use product if the original packaging has been damaged.
Ensure you take spare catheters and Flip-Flo valves with you to cover the period of time you are away. You should also carry a letter from your Doctor explaining that you have a catheter, why you have it, and a description of the equipment you use.