External condom catheters are specifically designed for male patients and feature a condom-like design. This catheter type is popular with male patients for the ease-of-use and discretion offered. We offer external condom catheters from Hollister, Bard, MTG, and Coloplast. Learn more about how to use an external condom catheter and how we can help you find a catheter that meets your specific needs.
Unlike other types of catheters which are inserted into the urethra, the condom catheter is external. Specific to male patients, the external catheter wraps around the penis, connects to a tube, and drains to a leg bag which is often strapped to the inner thigh.
Many patients choose external catheters over others because of the discretion and ease-of-use. When used correctly, external catheters are a very effective solution for men who struggle with bladder control. When sized properly, these catheters can help keep urine away from the penis which keeps the skin healthy, dry, and irritation free.
Although not as in-depth as traditional catheters, there are a few basic guidelines you should follow when using an external catheter.
- Be sure to get the correct size. A measuring guide can help you select the size that works best for you.
- Before use, wash your penis and blot dry. The skin must be dry and warm.
- Apply a skin prep sealant to the skin and allow it to dry. This sealant helps protect the skin from urine and moisture, reducing the risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI). The sealant also helps in the removal process of the external catheter.
- Hold your penis and slowly unroll the external catheter over it. (Always follow the instructions that come with your catheter.)
The nature of external catheters helps reduce the risk of developing UTIs, however, it is still important to practice sanitary methods apply the catheter.
Catheter Insurance Coverage
You may be eligible to receive your catheter supplies at little-to-no cost to you through insurance. Medicare and Medicaid may pay for an allowable amount of your catheter supplies each month. North Carolina Medicaid patients are eligible to receive up to 200 intermittent catheters each month, with Medicare and most private insurances following suit.
To find out if you qualify for external catheters through your insurance, simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will verify your insurance and contact you to discuss your coverage and catheter options.
If you or someone you know needs external catheter supplies, Aeroflow Healthcare is happy to help you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 844-276-5588.