Hydrophilic catheters feature a smooth, lubricated coating providing you with a comfortable insertion and removal process. Because of this ease-of-use and associated low infection risk, hydrophilic catheters are extremely popular. We offer hydrophilic catheters from Hollister, Bard, MTG, and Coloplast. Learn more about using a hydrophilic catheter and how we can help you find a catheter that meets your needs.
Hydrophilic catheters are among the most popular of intermittent catheters. The smooth, lubricated coating of a hydrophilic catheter give you an easy and comfortable insertion and removal process. This coating allows for a smooth insertion of the catheter throughout the full length of the urethra. Like all intermittent catheters, hydrophilic catheters are single-use and are designed to be changed at various times throughout the day.
Unlike some catheters, hydrophilic catheters come pre-lubricated with a special coating so no additional lubrication is required. Prior to use, you need only to soak the hydrophilic catheter in water. The water activates the coating and allows for a smooth insertion process. Unlike conventional catheters, the water stays on the hydrophilic catheter even after it is inserted, making the removal process just as easy. The mess-free nature of these catheters results in higher compliance percentages among patients practicing catheterization.
Because of the ease at which these can be inserted, hydrophilic catheters reduce the amount of trauma to the lining of the urethra walls, resulting in a lowered chance of a urinary tract infection (UTI) developing.
Initially, intermittent catheterization can feel like an intimidating process but once you’re used to self catheterization, you’ll be able to do this at home with ease. Watch our How to Self Catheterize video to learn more about the process and to answer any questions you have.
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 hydrophilic 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 hydrophilic catheter supplies, Aeroflow Healthcare is happy to help you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 844-276-5588.