An external catheter, often known as a condom catheter, a male catheter, or a Texas Catheter, is a form of male catheter that adheres on the outside of the body rather then inserted into the urethra.
This appeals to many men with some form of incontinence, who cringe at the thought of inserting a 16 in. urethral tube. (Hm, I wonder why?)
Condom catheters come in varying lengths and sizes depending on a patient’s needs and preference. They look very similar to a condom with a port on the tip for tubing attachments to a leg bag. Most external catheters have adhesive on the inside that allows the catheter to adhere well enough to prevent leaks from occurring.
That said, it often depends on the urological reasons why a catheter is needed in the first place if a male/external catheter is indicated. There are some medical conditions and scenarios where intermittent catheterization may be needed (urethral blockages or injuries for instance).
External catheters are also frequently used by male scuba divers, who connect them to an external port, known as a “P-Valve”. (Yes, a P-Valve.)
Some of the most popular male external catheters are produced by Rochester Medical and Mentor-Coloplast, but most medical suppliers who sell catheters have male options as well.
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