Byram Healthcare provides high quality coudé catheter options from leading manufacturers including straight tip catheters, hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, specialty and pediatric items. We offer a large variety of the latest and most sophisticated catheters and accessories. Discuss your needs with your healthcare provider to determine which option is best for you.

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A coudé catheter is a curved tip or slightly angled catheter that is sometimes needed when a straight tip catheter is not easily inserted. It’s named after the French word coudé, which means “bend”. This type of catheter is ideal for patients with enlarged prostates (BPH), urethral narrowing, blockages, or scar tissue.


Most people are prescribed a straight tip catheter and can continue to live normal lives. However, this may not work for everyone’s urethral anatomy. Unable to pass a straight tip catheter due to pain and discomfort, a healthcare provider may prescribe a coudé catheter to facilitate self-catheterization and make it less painful.

A few reasons why your healthcare provider might prescribe a coudé catheter include:

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly referred to as an enlarged prostate
  • Radiation to treat prostate cancer
  • False passages in the urethra or stoma
  • Scar tissue from previous prostate surgery
  • Affected with urinary stricture disease or urethral trauma


Unlike a straight tip intermittent catheter, coudé catheters require a different technique to properly insert through the urethra. Since the tip is slightly angled, the tip of the catheter has to be curved up before it can be inserted correctly. Examine the type of curved tip catheter brand being used. Note what orientation tool is used by that particular brand to ensure that upon insertion the catheter tip is up. Your healthcare provider will provide you with proper instructions before self-cathing.

Before using any intermittent catheter, good hand hygiene is essential to limit the risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI).

  1. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and dry hands carefully with a single use towel.
  2. Gently clean insertion area using soap and water or moist towelette.
  3. Open the package to access your catheter. If you are using a hydrophilic coated catheter, no additional lubricant is needed. If you are using an uncoated catheter, use a water soluble lubricant and lubricate the catheter.
  4. Slowly and gently insert the catheter into the urethra until urine starts to flow.
  5. Once urine stops flowing, you can begin to withdraw the catheter slowly.
  6. Throw away the catheter after use and wash your hands once more.


Within the category of coudé catheters, there are three basic types differentiated by the type of tip. The three basic tips include:

  • Tapered Tip Coudé Catheter

    Most common type of coudé catheter tip used. Its attributes include a short, strong curve that is slightly smaller at the insertion point. This allows this particular type of coude catheter to maneuver well through strictures or bypass enlarged prostates.

  • Olive Tip Coudé Catheter

    This tip features a larger, ball-shaped, rounded end that assists in getting past obstructions to the bladder. This benefit can be a better option to navigate through false passages that standard tapered and Tiemann tip catheters can’t do.

  • Tiemann Tip Coudé Catheter

    Typically tend to be a longer, tapered tip and is traditionally more elastic than other coudé catheters. This aids the catheter to navigate through tight or narrow areas in the urethra.

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    There are various clinical reasons why a coudé catheter may be prescribed and its recommendation is always at the discretion of your healthcare provider. A coudé catheter is not the most commonly used catheter, but it is certainly an excellent option in some situations. If your healthcare provider prescribes a coudé catheter, your insurer will require documentation stating the reason you are unable to pass a straight tip catheter.

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