Coude Tip Catheter vs Straight Tip Catheter

Over 25 million Americans suffer from incontinence. Most people associated incontinence with old age, but injuries, illness, and other factors can all affect continence. Intermittent catheters, or short-term catheters, are used at various times throughout the day to help empty your bladder periodically.

If you’ve recently been prescribed an intermittent catheter, you might wonder about your options. One of the first things to understand is the difference between a coude tip catheter versus a straight catheter.

What is a straight tip catheter?

Straight CatheterMost people will probably use a straight tip catheter (sometimes called original catheters). Straight catheters feature a simple straight design with holes or eyelets that allow urine to empty directly into the toilet. These disposable single-use catheters feature an easy to insert design and come pre-lubricated.

However, a patient might find it difficult to insert a straight catheter. For example, if a man has prostate issues, he may need a coude (pronounced kuday) tip catheter.

What is a coude tip catheter?

When the prostate swells, it pinches the urethra and makes it especially difficult to insert the catheter all the way into the bladder. Coude catheter helps to navigate around the prostate and provides a more comfortable way to insert the catheter.

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.

Can I get my catheters through insurance?

YES! Insurances do cover catheter supplies. In fact, Medicare covers up to 200 intermittent catheters a month. 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 at little-to-no cost.

We look forward to assisting you!

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