A Coude catheter is a type of urinary catheter that has a curved or angled tip that makes it easier to navigate through the male urethra, particularly for patients with an enlarged prostate or other urethral obstructions. The tip of the catheter is bent at a 30- to 45-degree angle, which helps it pass through the prostate more easily and reduces discomfort for the patient.
Coude catheters are typically made of flexible materials such as silicone, latex, or rubber, and come in a variety of sizes to fit different patients. They are typically inserted through the urethra into the bladder, much like a straight catheter.
To use a Coude catheter, the patient will first need to wash their hands and put on sterile gloves. The catheter should also be sterile and properly lubricated to reduce discomfort during insertion. The patient can then gently insert the catheter into the urethra and advance it slowly until it reaches the bladder. The curved tip of the catheter helps it navigate around any obstructions or blockages in the urethra, reducing discomfort for the patient.
Coude catheters are typically used in male patients who have an enlarged prostate, urethral strictures, or other issues that make it difficult to pass a straight catheter. They may also be used in patients who have had surgery or other medical procedures that have impacted the urethra.
It is important for patients using a Coude catheter to follow proper hygiene practices, such as washing their hands and keeping the catheter clean and sterile. Patients should also be aware of the risks associated with urinary catheterization, such as infection or damage to the bladder or urethra, and should work closely with a healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for their individual needs.