Frederic Eugene Basil Foley (1891-1966) was an American urologist.
Eponymously affiliated with the Foley catheter
- Born April 5, 1891
- Died March 24, 1966
Foley catheter (1929)
In 1929 Foley first described a self-retaining balloon catheter (haemostatic bag catheter). The purpose of the device was to provide simultaneous urethral catheter drainage of the bladder and hemostasis following transurethral resection of the prostate.
During the 1930’s, Foley further developed his design in an attempt to provide continuous drainage of the bladder. The Foley his catheter concept included an inflatable balloon towards the tip of the tube which when inflated within the bladder maintained the catheter in place without external taping or strapping.
The finally perfected catheter was exhibited by American Anode, Inc., at the American Medical Association meeting at Atlantic City, June 14, 1935 and later the same month before the American Urological Association at San Francisco.
Following his presentation to the Foley took no steps to protect their innovation. On June 9, 1936, a patent describing a method for catheter production identical to Foley was awarded to Paul A. Raiche, of the Davol Rubber Company. In October 1936, Foley applied for the patent, and was awarded this after appearing before the patent office Board of Appeals. Raiche appealed this decision, which was overturned and the patent stayed with Raiche. Despite the patent ownership, the C. R. Bard Company of New Jersey commenced manufacture and distribution of the ‘Foley catheter’
- Foley Operation (1937) [Foley Y-plasty pyeloplasty]
- Foley artificial urethral sphincter (1947)
- Foley rotatable resectoscope (1949)
- Foley hydraulic operating table (1950)
- Foley FEB. Cystoscopic Prostatectomy A New Procedure and Instrument; Preliminary Report. J Urol. 1929; 21(3): 289-306
- Foley FEB. A Hemostatic Bag Catheter: A One Piece Latex Rubber Structure for Control of Bleeding and Constant Drainage Following Prostatic Resection. J Urol 1937; 38(1): 134-139.
- Foley F.E.B. A self-retaining bag catheter. J Urol 1937; 38(1): 140–143
- Foley FE. A new plastic operation for stricture at the uretero-pelvic junction. Report of 20 operations. J Urol. 1937; 38(6): 643–672 [Foley operation]
- Foley FEB. An artificial sphincter; a new device and operation for control of enuresis and urinary incontinence. J Urol. 1947; 58(4): 250-259.
- Foley FE. A completely rotatable resectoscope. J Urol. 1949; 62(3): 381-6.
- Foley FE. A new cysto-urography and transurethral operating table: hydraulic operation providing prompt wide range position change. J Urol. 1950; 64(4): 622-31
- Foley FEB, Richardson EJ, Mulvaney WP et al. Massive electrocoagulation of deeply infiltrating bladder tumors combined with ligation of the vena cava for prevention of pulmonary embolism. J Urol. 1953;70:456-463.
- Foley FEB. Fluid supply apparatus for cystoscopy and transurethral operations. J Urol. 1958; 79(5): 896-901.
- Foley FEB. A self-inflating bag catheter. J Urol. 1962; 88(5): 724-728.
- Zorgniotti AW. Frederick E. B. Foley. Early development of balloon catheter. Urology. 1973; 1(1): 75-80
- Bateman BT, Alston TA. Commonly used eponyms in anesthesia. J Clin Anesth. 2009; 21(1): 67-71
- Creange C, Enriquez R, Swan K. Frederic E.B. Foley: beyond the catheter. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Sep;75(3):520-4
- Frederic Foley biography. William P Didusch Center for Urologic History
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