Pain, irritation, and discomfort are common symptoms a male patient diagnosed with an enlarged prostate condition may experience during self-catheterization. Patients who often experience these symptoms may find catheterization challenging. A coudé catheter has been designed to facilitate catheter navigation through the prostate curvature. Patients who suffer from an enlarged prostate may find a coudé catheter beneficial.
A coudé catheter features a slightly bent (about 1/8 of an inch) curved tip designed to help reduce the friction upon insertion and over the prostate curvature. It provides patients with less irritation and discomfort during the self-catheterization process. Although a coudé catheter is commonly used by men, sometimes women use a coudé catheter depending on the severity of their obstruction. During insertion of a coudé catheter, is important to be aware of the position of the catheter as it goes through the opening of the penis. A coudé catheter must enter the penis all the way through the urethra with the angled tip facing upward. Some catheters are manufactured with a guide to help patients ensure that the angled tip remains facing upward throughout catheterization.
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There are some coudé catheters deigned to stay in place when drainage is needed for an extended period of time. Usually patients who need this type of catheter need surgery on the urogenital area and urination is hardly possible due to swelling during the awakening period of surgery. Coudé catheters come in different French sizes and are made out of different material (rubber and silicone). Your physician may help you find the appropriate French size for you to use. Catheter lubrication may be applied to facilitate the insertion through the urethra opening. A urine collection bag may be used with the coudé catheter for drainage and disposal of the urine.
If you believe a coudé catheter will benefit you and would like to request a sample or more information contact a Patient Care Coordinator at 888-771-9229 or click here.