What is a Coude Catheter & Why Should I Use One?

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Who Should Use Coudé Catheters?

Thousands of Americans have symptoms of urinary incontinence. To help alleviate these symptoms, doctors often prescribe intermittent catheters to treat various bladder related conditions, including retention and incontinence. Many people can use straight tip catheters without any pain or discomfort, however some people prefer a curved (coudé) tip catheter.

When Should I Use a Coudé Catheter?

Whenever a straight tip catheter doesn’t quite fit you right, we recommend trying out coudé tip catheters. Coudé catheters are similar to traditional straight tip catheters, but they have a curved, angled tip, which can improve and simplify the self-catheterization experience for patients who usually experience discomfort.

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Common Reasons to Switch to Coudé Tip Catheters

  • Cancer radiation in the pelvic area
  • Benigh Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Urethral strictures or urethral trauma
  • Prostate surgery
  • Atrophic vagina
  • Stoma or false passages

Most patients who use coudé tip catheters are males, therefore the majority of coudé catheter sizing is in male or pediatric lengths. Your doctor may still prescribe you coudé tip catheters regardless of your gender if your anatomy does not allow for painless, comfortable insertion with straight tip catheters.

Insurance and Coudé Tip Catheters

It is common for an insurance company who covers catheterization to also cover coudé catheters. This includes, but is not limited to, many state Medicaid programs, Medicare, and other private insurance policies. Your specific coverage dictates what type of catheters and the monthly amount that will be covered.

Medicare will cover 200 catheters monthly, which allows patients to self-cath up to seven times per day. Coverage for coudé tip catheters requires additional documentation that states why the patient needs to use coudé catheters. 

If you are unsure about what exactly your insurance policy covers, the Patient Care Medical catheter specialists are here to help. We will work with your provider directly to find out how their catheter coverage works, and we will discuss with you any out-of-pocket costs you may incur. We wish to make the self-cathing process as stress-free as possible, so do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Coudé Tip Catheter Insertion Instructions

Before starting to self-cath, you should gather all of the necessary supplies and wash both your hands and the insertion location with soap and warm water. You may also opt to use antiseptic wipes to disinfect the insertion location. You may also put on gloves to reduce further contamination. 

  1. Lubricate the catheter with a sterile, water-soluble lubricant.
  2. Hold the catheter in one hand and your penis in the other, holding it 45 degrees away from your stomach.
  3. Slowly insert the catheter into your urethra. If you experience resistance, do not force the catheter and try to relax as best you can.
  4. Once urine begins to flow, slowly insert the catheter further. Now you may lower your penis to allow the urine to flow normally into the toilet.
  5. Once you stop urinating, remove the catheter slowly until it is fully removed.
  6. Dispose of all used catheter supplies.

What Are Some Common Types of Coudé Catheters?

Coudé catheters are made with the same materials as straight tip catheters, such as red rubber latex, silicone, vinyl or PVC. Coudé tips are also implemented into the majority of the most common types of catheters, including hydrophilic catheters, pre-lubricated catheters, uncoated intermittent catheters, pediatric length catheters, and closed system catheter kits.

Hydrophilic Catheters with Coudé Tip

Hydrophilic catheters feature a unique coating that allows the catheter to react upon exposure to water to self-lubricate. The catheter will remain lubricated throughout insertion, providing you with a painless and comfortable experience.

Uncoated Intermittent Catheters with Coudé Tip

The most common and basic type of catheter, uncoated intermittent catheters allow you to lubricate them yourself so that you can better control the amount of lubrication you desire. We carry uncoated intermittent coudé catheters that come in a variety of materials, including red rubber coudé catheters, soft silicone coudé catheters, and vinyl coudé catheters.

Closed System Catheter Kits with Coudé Tip

These catheter kits are perfect for patients who use wheelchairs and patients who are constantly active and on-the-go. Our closed system coudé catheter kits feature either a pre-lubricated or hydrophilic coudé catheter that comes with a self-contained collection bag. These kits are great options, especially if you would like to have a comfortable, discreet, and convenient self-cathing experience.

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How Can I Buy Coudé Tip Catheters?

Our catheter specialists at Patient Care Medical work diligently to provide you with the catheter supplies that work best for you. Our online ordering system is easy to use and fast, getting you your catheter supplies efficiently.
We carry a large selection of catheter types and brands and are happy to assist you with every step of the way. From the required insurance paperwork to providing you with free samples to find your perfect fit, Patient Care Medical hopes to help your self-cathing experience be as stress-free as possible. For more information, call our US-Based representatives today, or check out our product catalog!