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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]

Urocare - Standard Male Urinal Kit

  • Stretchable fabric waist band and corset fastener
  • Male urinal collection system attaches to leg bag/drainage bag
  • Detachable sheath for easy cleaning
From $71.45

Urocare Uro-Con - Texas Catheter

  • Size: 25mm, 30mm and 35mm sizes
  • Choose from a 2" or 4" tube
  • Does not contain an adhesive strip
From $0.95

Urocare Uro-Con - 4" Texas Catheter with Urofoam Strip

  • Size: 30mm and 35mm
  • Latex male external condom catheter
  • Adhesive strip and connector included
From $1.58

Urocare Urofoam - Adhesive Foam Strips

  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Moisture and urine-resistant
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Available with adhesive on one side or both sides of the strip
From $20.45

Urocare - "Little Red Anti-Reflux Valve" for Reusable Leg Bags

  • Latex free
  • Prevents urine reflux and leaks
  • Use with urinary drainage bags, leg bags, or drain bottles
From $4.13

Urocare - Standard Top Adaptor for Reusable Leg Bags

  • Reverse grip for secure connection
  • Works with multiple tubing diameters
  • Used with Urocare reusable leg bags
From $4.95

Urocare - Night Drain Bottle Top Adaptor

  • Latex free
  • Secure connection for Urocare clear vinyl tubing
  • Replacement adaptor for Urocare drainage bottle
From $4.97

Urocare - Standard Bottom Drain Valve for Reusable Leg Bags

  • Takes only 1 1/2 turns to open or close
  • Sealed threads
  • Use with Urocare reusable latex leg bags and Urocare male urinal sheaths
From $4.95

Urocare - Straight-Thru Adapter With Thumb Clamp for Reusable Leg Bags

  • Latex free
  • Thumb clamp attached
  • Works with any Urocare reusable leg bag
  • Replacement part for Urocare's standard bottom drain valve
From $4.78

Urocare Uro-Con - Texas Catheter Tube Inserts

  • Easy to use
  • Connects tube with the sheath
  • 100 inserts per box
From $15.95

Urocare - White Rubber/Silicone Tubing

  • Resists kinking
  • Made in the USA
  • Several diameters to choose from
From $24.95

Urocare - Tubing Connector

  • 5/16" or 3/8" outer diameter sizes
  • 2 1/4" long clear polypropylene connectors
  • Used with drainage tubing, extension tubing, and urinary leg bags
From $1.03

Urocare - Clear Vinyl Tubing

  • Clear vinyl tubing with 9/32" inner diameter
  • Includes graduated adapter and cap
  • Choose from sterile and non-sterile
From $3.11

Urocare - 18" Tubing With Connector

  • Available in silicone and vinyl
  • Sterile and non-sterile packaging
  • Resists kinking and has a snug connector
From $4.95

Urocare - Reusable Leg Straps For Sports Bag

  • Designed for use with Urocare sports bags
  • Adjustable velcro fasteners for extra comfort
  • Sizes: S-MED (15" - 24") and MED-LG (19"-30")
  • Provide the added security and support for active sports use
From $10.45

Urocare - Fabric Leg Bag Strap Singles

  • Hand or machine washable
  • Self-gripping Velcro fasteners securely hold drain bag in place
  • Extremely durable, yet gentle on the skin
From $10.45

Urocare Fitz-All - Fabric Leg Bag Strap

  • Adjustable velcro closure
  • Cotton and foam strap construction
  • 2" wide
From $8.95

Urocare - Fabric Leg Bag Strap Kit

  • Washable and reusable
  • Each kit comes with 2 leg bag straps
  • Velcro fasteners and elastic sections allow for easy adjustment
From $21.45

Urocare Fitz-All - Fabric Leg Bag Straps with Buttons

  • Durable, comfortable, and reusable
  • Washable
  • Large easy grip buttons attach easily to urinary drainage bags
From $10.45

Urocare - Universal Fabric Leg Bag Straps

  • Self gripping fasteners make application safe and simple
  • Elasticized cotton for a comfortable fit
  • Machine and hand washable
From $6.45

Urocare - Lower Leg Fabric Leg Bag Holder

  • No need for leg bag straps
  • Machine and hand washable
  • Eliminates contact between drain bag and skin
  • Can be worn on the inside or outside of the leg
From $34.95

Urocare - Upper Leg Fabric Leg Bag Holder

  • Machine and hand washable
  • Eliminates contact between drain bag and skin
  • Can be worn on inside or outside part of leg
From $33.45

Urocare Uro-Strap - Reusable Fabric Catheter Strap

  • Hand or machine washable
  • Easy to apply, remove, and re-use
  • Fully adjustable condom catheter strap
From $3.62

Urocare - Adjustable White Tube Clamp

  • Controls the flow of urine
  • Also known as a thumb clamp
  • Can be used with many different types of tubing
From $0.78

Urocare - Two Position White Plastic Tube Clamp

  • Two position thumb clamp
  • Urine flow control device
  • Ideal for latex, silicone, and white rubber tubing
From $0.98

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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