Coude Tip Intermittent Catheter

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If you’ve experienced pain or difficulty with other intermittent catheter supplies, it might be a sign that an alternative type of catheter could be better for your anatomy. Coude tip intermittent catheters are angled to offer an easier, less painful insertion.

What is a Coude Tip Intermittent Catheter?

The word “Coudé” means elbowed. Like the name suggests, Coude catheters works like other catheters, except that it is elbowed at the tip in order to easily navigate blockages or narrow parts of the urethra. Straight tip catheters are not as agile and can cause painful irritation – and sometimes lead to infection – if the individual’s anatomy does not align with it’s rigidity. 

Coude intermittent catheters have three basic tip types, including:

  • Olive Tip, which have larger, rounded ends and is shaped like a ball to widen the path and prevent any obstructions from impeding the insertion.
  • Tapered Tip, features a short, deep curve in the tip and a smaller opening. While not as round as olive tips, tapered tip catheters are the most common type of Coude catheter.
  • Tiemann Tip, longer and narrower, helps to pass through more narrow urethral passages and is more pliable for better comfort.

Why Do I Need a Coude Tip Intermittent Catheter?

There are many factors that can contribute to difficulty with and pain from straight tip intermittent catheters, from general anatomy shape to certain health conditions, including:

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • False Passages in the Urethra or Stoma
  • Pelvic Radiation to Treat Cancer
  • Prostate Surgery
  • Urethral Trauma
  • Urethral Strictures 

Most Coude tip intermittent catheters are made in male and pediatric lengths.

At Home Medical is Home to All of Your Catheter Supplies 

With the many different types of intermittent catheters to choose from, it’s important to know your body’s unique needs when searching for catheter supplies. Self-catheterization is an easy process, and there are variations of intermittent catheters to fit all kinds of anatomy shapes and sizes.

If you have any questions on our catheter supplies, or don’t see a particular Coude tip product listed above, we’ll be happy to assist you. Please give us a call at 800.526.5895 or email at support@athomemedical.comand start on the path towards a more comfortable intermittent catheter.