Jake Klein, MS, CPNP and Director of Urological Surgical Reconstruction and Continence Center and Continence Specialist at OU Medicine Department of Urology, gave us some examples of other instances where coudé catheters could be used:
- Adults with prior prostate surgery or resection
- Young boys with posterior urethral valves
- Patients with either a urethral or stomal false passes
- Patients that have had chemo or radiation to the urethral area
- Males with urethral stricture disease secondary to hypospadais repairs or urethral trauma
There are different types of coudé catheters available such as an olive tip, Tiemann tip, or tapered tip.
The olive-tip catheter has a tip that is shaped like a round ball, which is easier to insert past obstructions if any exist in the passage way. The olive tip allows you to get past tissue that a tapered tip might get caught on – such as edge of tissue.
The tapered tip can navigate through strictures and stomal hitches very well as they have more of a smooth upward point.
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