Catheterization can be uncomfortable, especially for those individuals with issues of the prostate or urethra. The challenges of urinary incontinence can affect health as well as quality of life. The benefits of using a Coudé catheter can restore independence and comfort to the wearer far outweighing those of straight red rubber catheters.
What is a Coudé Catheter?
A coudé catheter is commonly used as an access point to the bladder in order to help a patient that has various incontinence issues. The catheter itself features a curved tip for easier insertion and navigation. It is inserted through the urethra up into the bladder where (in the case of an indwelling catheter – one that stays in the bladder for extended periods of time) a balloon is inflated to keep it in place and the other end is attached to a collection bag for urine emptying.
What changes can I expect from switching to a Coudé Catheter?
Navigating the urethra to the bladder can be challenging and often requires the assistance of a care aid. Often, using a straight red rubber catheter takes longer and can be quite uncomfortable. One way to make this process easier on patients, especially those with an enlarged prostate or unusually small/narrow urethra, is to use a coudé catheter. This tip is perfectly contoured for smooth, easy insertion, even around the prostatic curve.
My straight Red Rubber Catheters are covered, are Coudé Catheters?
A primary concern for catheter wearers relates to the coverage by programs, such as Medicare. According to their standards, though, if adequate documentation is provided of medical necessity, such as the aforementioned health challenges, users can receive reimbursement for Coudé catheters.