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Coude Tip Vs Straight Tip: Which Is Best For You?

By Chass Armstrong

If you have ever wondered what the difference between a straight tip catheter and coude tip catheter are, you have come to the right place. In this blog we will help to clear up the differences and what the specific uses for each catheter are.

For starters most people will probably use a straight tip catheter as they are the industry standard. They are designed with a straight tip for easy insertion and eyelets for draining urine.

However, sometimes a straight tip catheter can’t quite get the job done. For example, if a man is having prostate issues, he may need a coude tip catheter.

When the prostate swells, it pinches the urethra therefore making it especially difficult to insert the catheter all the way into the bladder because of the blockage that is created. This is where a coude catheter comes into play.

Coude is the French word for elbow. Much like an elbow, the coude catheter has a slight bend in it. This bend allows for an easier insertion into the urethra and an easier navigation around the prostate and finally into the bladder. For those with blockage this can be a game changer.

The only downside to a coude catheter is that they are more difficult to obtain through insurance, but if you can produce doctor’s notes showing that you need one then you should be able to obtain a coude catheter at little to no cost through your insurance.

If you’re looking for a straight tip or coude tip catheter, Aeroflow healthcare is here for you. We can help you find the right catheter supplies and help you get your supplies through your insurance with little to no cost for you. If you would like to speak with our highly trained staff, you can reach us at (888) 345-1780. You can also fill out our ‘Qualify Through Insurance’ form, here. We look forward to assisting you with your needs!

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