External catheters are condom catheters that work like the traditional ones but are made even better and are more convenient to use. Their form is patterned after a condom and made to fit the penis just the same. They also come in various small, medium, large and extra large sizes. They are either made of latex rubber, polyvinyl or silicone. They are kept in place by a self adhesive on the inside of the catheter, a Velcro fastener, a special wrap-around sheath, a double-sided adhesive, or some other cuff or strap attached thereto. What a condom catheter does is to dispense with the insertion of a rubber tube into the male urethra, which is a tube connected to the bladder. Instead, the urine just directly passes through this male external catheter and is collected in an attached small urine bag, which may either be a leg bag or a down drain hung on the bed or placed on the floor. Hence, the patient can now empty his bladder without feeling the usual pain and discomfort.
Common advantages that condom catheters have are: they are painless; easier to wear, remove and replace; they are handy and can be easily concealed; they are less restrictive and allow more mobility for the patient; their wear times can be longer and they keep other parts of the body dry.
Male External Catheters/Condom Catheters are available in various sizes and materials including latex, plastic and silicone. Most new male catheters are self adhesive and come in a variety of sizes: 25mm, 29mm, 30mm 32mm 25mm, 36mm and 40mm. You can also add an external strap or tape for a more secure fit.
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2011 11:27|
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Within the past year an extremely disturbing trend has emerged. More and more insurance companies are excluding sterile intermittent catheters and other related supplies from their policies.
Insurance companies are currently excluding all urological supplies from some of their renewals after previously covering these items. It is extremely important during this open enrollment period to confirm that your new policy still covers sterile intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, hydrophilic catheters, leg bags, bedside bags and external condom catheters.
Don’t just assume that all of your urological supplies will continue to be covered. Please be proactive and contact your HR department or insurance agent to confirm that all urological supplies are covered in your new policy. You can also contact us and we will verify that your policy covers your urological supplies. 203-292-5043
Summit Express Medical Supply isn't just any ordinary medical supply company. We only distribute urological catheters and related supplies. We distribute intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, external condom catheters and foley catheters from leading manufacturers such as Bard, Coloplast, MTG, Hollister, Kendall, Rusch and Cure. And when you call, you will be able to speak directly to one of the owners of the company. We never hide behind voicemail!!.