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The Basics of Coudé Catheters

The Basics of Coudé Catheters

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There are many different types and brands of catheters available today, but there are typically only two basic insertion tip types (with the exception of some variations of the two): straight tip and coudé tip. Straight is the most common type of insertion tip, but coudé catheters are also frequently used. Read on to learn the basics about coudé catheters to see if it is right for your needs.

What is a Coudé Catheter?

A coudé tip is basically a slightly angled or curved tip on a catheter. This type of tip is best for those who have difficulty passing a regular straight tip intermittent catheter. This situation is most common in men, so the coudé tip is almost always an option on male length catheters. The reasons for needing coudé tips may include urethral strictures, blockages, enlarged prostates, or false passages.

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Coudé Tip Catheter Types & Product Options

Your doctor or other prescribing health care professional can determine what will work best for you, based on your anatomy as well as the underlying issue causing the need for a coudé.

Coudé catheters come in a variety of options for your individual needs and preferences, such as closed system kits, hydrophilic catheters, and intermittent straight catheters. See our online product catalog for a look at some of the available options and their features.

There are several types of tips for coudé catheters, which include:

Tapered Tip Coudé Catheters

tapered tip coudéThis type of coudé catheter tip (pictured above) features a short, strong curve that is smaller at the insertion point. This is especially good for navigating through strictures or bypassing enlarged prostates.

Example: GentleCath Coudé Catheter

Olive Tip Coudé Catheters

olive tip coudé catheterThis tip is slightly ball-shaped and rounded with a curve to aid in smooth passage around obstructions to the bladder. The olive tip coudé catheter may be a good option for getting past false passages that a standard tapered or Tiemann tip might catch on.

Example: Coloplast Self-Cath™ Olive Tip Coudé Catheter

Tiemann Tip Coudé Catheter

tiemann tip coudé catheterThe Tiemann tip is elongated and tapered, and it’s also typically more pliable than other coudé tips. It’s helpful for navigating narrower passages and bypassing strictures, and the pliability of the tip can aid in better comfort during catheterization.

Example: Rusch Siliconized Tiemann Tip Coudé Catheter

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How to Use a Coudé Tip Catheter

Everyone’s anatomy is different, so the way to insert the curved tip of your coudé catheter will depend on your doctor’s medical opinion and instructions. Your urologist or urology nurse will likely spend some time with you during your appointment to go over the process of learning how to insert a catheter, including which direction to face the angle of the insertion tip.

Many coudé tip catheters will offer a reference point on the funnel, such as a notch or a bump to indicate the angle. Others have a guiding line down the catheter tube as well.

180 medical intermittent cathing instructions

After you leave your doctor’s office and start using intermittent catheters on your own, it’s natural that you might still have some questions or need further assistance. 180 Medical can help! We have trained specialists available during our business hours, and we offer one-of-a-kind informational booklets and DVDs about catheterization. We’ll do all we can to make this process easy for you.
For help learning how to use a coudé tip catheter, take a look at our online instructions, including a helpful video just for those using a coudé tip catheter, even if you are in a wheelchair or have limited hand dexterity.

Finding the Right Coudé Catheter For You

180 Medical offers a variety of quality coudé catheter options, such as regular straight catheters with separate lubrication jelly, hydrophilic or pre-lubricated catheters, and closed system catheters.

There is no one catheter that works best for everyone. With 180 Medical, you’ll have access to the widest selection of the top coudé tip catheters, available from the best manufacturers on the market today, including ConvaTec’s GentleCath, Bard, Coloplast, Cure, Hollister, Rusch, LoFric, and more!
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