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What is a catheter? Catheters are sterile medical supplies that are used by people who cannot control their bladder function. Some are thin tubes ... [read more]

Rusch MMG - Soft Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 16" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter
  • Convenient urinary catheterization kit, reduces UTIs
  • Kit includes BZK towelette, gloves, underpad, and gauze
  • Sterile
From $4.01

Rusch MMG - Coude Catheter Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 16" coude catheter, pre-lubricated
  • Urinary catheter kit
  • Includes: sterile gloves, BZK antiseptic towelette, underpad, and gauze
  • This is a sterile kit
From $4.01

Rusch MMG - Red Rubber Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 16" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter
  • Convenient urinary catheter kit, helps to reduce urinary tract infections
  • Kit includes: BZK towelette, gloves, underpad and gauze
  • Sterile, one time use red rubber catheter
From $4.01

ConvaTec GentleCath Tiemann - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter Kit

  • Sterile
  • Hydrophilic catheter with insertion kit
  • Insertion sleeve, no direct hand contact with catheter
  • Helps in the reduction of Urinary Tract Infections
From $32.94

Urocare - Latex Leg Bag Straps with Buttons

  • Includes 3 latex straps with 3 plastic buttons
  • Can be used on leg bags up to 44 fl. oz
  • Replacement straps for Urocare Reusable Latex Leg Bags
  • Can be used with most catheter bags
  • Contains natural rubber latex, not to be used if you have a latex allergy
From $3.98

Cath Secure Plus - Water Resistant Multi-Purpose Tube Holder

  • DEHP free
  • Latex free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Water resistant
  • Fully adjustable with velcro closure
From $2.89

Wellspect SimPro Now - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Hydrophilic catheter for smooth insertion and withdrawal
  • Touch-free insertion means you don't have to touch the catheter
  • Made by the makers of Lofric catheters
  • Smooth eyelets
  • Includes sterile water, grip sleeve, and insertion guide
From $1.63

Wellspect SimPro Now - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Hydrophilic catheter includes sterile water sachet
  • Grip sleeve allows for touch-free catheterization
  • Coude Tiemann for difficult insertion around scar tissue or enlarged prostate
  • SimPro Now has smooth eyelets, latex free, funnel end
  • Each sterile coude catheter is indivdally packaged
From $1.97

Torbot - Medena Continent Ostomy Catheter (30 Fr)

2242
  • French size: 30
  • Trim to desired length
  • Specifically designed for continent ileostomies
From $9.08

Medline - Foley Catheter Insertion Tray

  • Available with either a 10ml or 30ml pre-filled syringe
  • Sterile, not made with natural rubber latex
  • Does not include foley catheter
  • Includes one each: pair powder free vinyl gloves, 3g lubricating jelly packet, 3pk povidone iodine swabsticks, 10ml or 30ml syringe filled with sterile water, underpad, fenestrated drape
  • Sterile inside sealed graduated plastic tray
From $2.89

Cath Secure Lock - Multi-Purpose Tube Holder

  • Secures medical tubing to the body
  • 3" adhesive tab
  • Velcro strip on base
  • DEHP and latex free
  • Base measures 3 1/8" x 1 3/4"
From $3.40

SpeediCath Soft Hydrophilic Male Catheter

  • Flexible design
  • 13" straight catheter
  • Slick hydrophilic coating
  • Soft insertion grip
  • Easy-to-open packaging
  • Latex free
From $1.84

Bard MAGIC3 GO - Male Hydrophilic Catheter

  • Silicone
  • Includes Sure-Grip insertion sleeve
  • CleanGlide Technology
  • Three layer silicone technology
  • Comfort designed tapered tip
  • Easy carry, discreet packaging
From $1.77

Cure Medical - 16" Pocket Intermittent Catheter with Lubricant

  • Size: 14 FR
  • Straight tip, funnel end, 16" standard length
  • Not made with DEHP/DINP, BPA, or natural rubber latex
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • Includes a packet of sterile lubricant
  • U-Shaped packaging fits in your pocket
From $0.70

Bard 16" Red Rubber Intermittent Catheter

  • Straight tip catheter
  • Two drainage eyelets
  • Funnel end for easy drainage
  • Contains latex rubber
From $1.32

Bard Dispoz A Bag - Urinary Leg Bag with Flip-Flo Valve and Fabric Straps

  • 32 oz. leg bag
  • Pair of fabric leg straps included
  • Flip-Flo lever drain valve
  • Anti-reflux valve
  • Latex free
  • Sterile
From $5.95
Description

What is a catheter?

Catheters are sterile medical supplies that are used by people who cannot control their bladder function. Some are thin tubes that are inserted into the body, while others are worn on the outside of the body.


What are the three types of catheters?

The three main types of catheters are intermittent catheters, external catheters, and foley catheters. Each one is meant to treat different urological conditions. Be sure to consult with your doctor to determine which catheter is appropriate for your needs.


What are catheters used for?

Catheters are used to treat urinary incontinence or urinary retention, depending on the type of catheter. External catheters are used only by men with urinary incontinence. Foley catheters and intermittent catheters treat urinary retention and can be used by men and women.


How does a catheter work?

Each type of catheter works a bit differently. Intermittent catheters and foley catheters are both inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to drain urine. External catheters are used by men and are worn on the outside of the penis. A catheter bag connects to the external catheter to collect urine.


Additional Information

Catheters can be used to treat two types of urological conditions, urinary incontinence and urinary retention. Urinary incontinence is involuntary urine leakage. Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder entirely. Some catheters are inserted into the urethra, such as intermittent catheters and foley catheters. Others are worn on the outside of the body, such as condom catheters. Catheters can be made of various materials such as latex, silicone, or red rubber. They are also available in variety of sizes to fit each person's body and help them work properly. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions when choosing a catheter style and size to avoid complications.

Intermittent catheters are thin tubes that are temporarily inserted to drain the bladder of people with urinary retention. Once the bladder has been emptied, the catheter should be removed and thrown away. These in and out catheters are available with a standard straight tip, or an angled tip known as a coude style. The bent tip of a coude catheter helps navigate around an enlarged prostate or urethral obstructions. Intermittent catheters come in various lengths and diameters to fit each person's anatomy. The diameter of the catheter is referred to as the French size. Men have to use longer catheters in order to reach the bladder. The female urethra is not as long as a male, so women have the choice of using a short catheter or full-length catheter. You can also choose catheters that are pre-lubricated, or you can use an uncoated catheter and pair a separate lubricating jelly with it.

External catheters, also known as condom catheters, are one-piece molded sheaths that go around the shaft of the penis. These are used by men with urinary incontinence as an alternative to adult diapers. A leg bag is worn in conjunction to collect the urine that drains from the catheter. You have the choice of connecting the bag directly to the end of the catheter or using extension tubing if you'd like to wear the bag lower on your leg. Some condom catheters have a gentle adhesive on the inside of the sheath to keep it in place throughout the day. Another option is to attach an external catheter to the body using an adhesive foam strip. We carry external catheters that are transparent, which allows you to monitor the condition of your skin while wearing the catheter. If you are new to cathing, please see our blog on how to use a condom catheter.

One type of external catheter is known as a Texas catheter. This three-piece style is comprised of a thin sheath, a silicone tube, and a connector to direct urine from the penis. The sheath of a Texas catheter tends to be thinner and more flexible than that of a molded external catheter. Texas catheters do not have an adhesive on the inside of the sheath. Therefore, you will need to use a medical grade adhesive to keep it secure. Some men also use an adhesive foam strip to secure the catheter around the penis. Express Medical Supply carries a variety of Texas catheters from brands like Covidien Dover and Urocare.

A Foley catheter is an indwelling catheter that stays in the body for a longer period of time, up to several days or weeks. Foley catheters are often used after surgeries or by people who are confined to bed. A foley catheter has a hollow balloon on one end. After the balloon is inserted into the body, it is filled with sterile water. This helps keep the catheter in the proper position and prevents it from coming out. When the catheter is ready to be removed, the balloon is deflated. While the foley catheter is in use, a drainage bag will need to be connected to the end of the foley catheter to collect urine. One popular supply that is used along with this type of catheter is a foley catheter securement device. These catheter stabilizers are adhesive pads with a small clamp that the catheter tube sits below for protection. They prevent the catheter from being pulled on or becoming dislodged, which can cause pain and urethral damage.

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