Your Number One Resource for Intermittent Catheters
All American Medical Supply Corp. is the number one resource for Intermittent Catheters. We proudly serve residents in the Tri State Area New York. You can count on us to provide top quality intermittent catheters and self catheterization products.
We Supply a number of brand name catheters. Urinary Catheters are available in different (circumference) sizes and lengths to fit your body. Some of our catheters come pre-lubricated for your convenience. You can trust All American Medical Supply for all your urological supplies.
What Is An Intermittent Urinary Catheter?
An Intermittent Urinary Catheter is a medical device used by a male or female to help empty the bladder of urine. Patients who have urinary retention or incomplete bladder emptying are the best candidates for this procedure. If your urologist discovers that you are not completely emptying your bladder when you urinate, he or she may recommend for you to self- catheterize yourself to empty your bladder using an intermittent catheter. This technique is called Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC) and is taught to you by a medical assistant or the doctor. You will also be instructed on how many times per day you should do this procedure at home. Intermittent Catheterization entails the periodic emptying of the bladder with a sterile catheter each time a person caths. This allows catheter users to prevent dangerous UTI’s. It is an adjustment at first, but once you have done it a few times, you get the hang of it. There are different types of catheters that we offer to make the process easier for when you are not home, such as pre-lubricated and portable compact catheters.
What Types Of Intermittent Catheters Do We Carry?
Some types of intermittent Catheters we carry are manufactured by Cure Medical, Bard, Hollister, Coloplast and Rochester Medical. We constantly evaluate the products we carry in stock to ensure we offer only the best brand name catheters for your needs.
Straight Tip Catheters
Men, women, and children use Straight Tip Intermittent Catheters. They are exactly as described. A straight catheter with a straight tip. This is used for people needing to perform self-catheterization without any difficulty passing the catheter through their urethra. Medicare does cover up to 200 of these catheters per month when medically necessary to perform this procedure at home.
Coudè Tip Catheters
Coudè (Curved) Tip Catheters are another type of intermittent catheter that is used primarily by men that need to perform self-catheterization but are unable to pass a straight tip catheter. This is typically needed for men with BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy), urethral stricture or scarring, or bladder neck issues. The curved tip helps men guide and navigate the catheter into the bladder to empty it when urinary retention is their primary diagnosis. Coudè tip catheters come in a variety of tips. Most men use a tapered tip but there are also Olive tip and Tiemann tips too. These are all considered a Coudè tip catheter. Medicare does cover up to 200 of these catheters per month when medically necessary to perform this procedure at home.
How Do Intermittent Catheters Work?
An intermittent catheter is a procedure performed by the patient or a family member/caregiver at home. It is used when a patient needs to empty their bladder.
A urologist or their medical assistant/nurse typically will teach the patient in their office how to perform this procedure at home. The patient will clean their hands thoroughly, remove the sterile catheter from its packaging, lubricate it down by the tip, and gently insert it into the urethra as instructed. Most patients perform this procedure in the bathroom over the toilet. Some patients require the assistance of another person or a mirror to see exactly what they are doing. Once the catheter passes through the urethra and into the bladder, urine will begin to flow. The patient can then wait for the urine to stop flowing and then slowly remove the catheter in case there is any residual volume of urine in the bottom of the bladder. Once a patient gets used to performing this procedure a few times it becomes much easier and the stress of having to do this usually goes away. Sometimes it takes finding the right catheter, size, or way to maneuver the catheter until it becomes an easier process.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Intermittent Catheters?
Your doctor or PCP may recommend intermittent catheterization if you have any of the following conditions:
Severe bladder problems that could result in kidney damage
Your doctor may also recommend intermittent catheters if you have spinal cord injuries, spina bifida or certain neurological conditions. Intermittent Catheters may also be used temporarily after certain types of surgeries of the genitals, prostate or abdominal hysterectomy.