Curan Man tested for use with Mitrofanoff
The Curan Man is a well-designed and constructed product with an inventive lubricant coating system that makes it mess-free and straightforward to use. I used the Curan Man size 12CH in my Mitrofanoff and found it to be extremely easy to use. The twist cap was simple to remove even for someone, like me, with dexterity problems. I especially like the way in which this catheter is evenly and quickly lubricated, there's no mess and the coating is just right. I often struggle with grips on catheters but found this one actually worked! I think because of the way the lubricant had been added there wasn't too much of it and so it was easier to grip the Blue Grip and use this to guide the catheter in. I connected the Curan Man to a night bag and didn't have any issues with the connection. Once finished I replaced the catheter back into the tube and disposed of, again with little mess. Having to carry as little around as possible is what I want, and this nearly ticks all the boxes. The outer packaging is a little chunky, and although it folds down to roughly the size of a + size mobile phone, it's still quite bulky. For it to remain folded, it requires a small plastic clip (included), without which the catheter doesn't remain folded. I'd like to see the flexible and smaller packaging of the Curan Advantage Man alongside the convenience of the self-coating Curan Man, providing a neater more discreet package. I'd also like to see the addition of a urine collection bag allowing users to use the Curan Man (or Curan Advantage Man) away from toilet facilities or on the go, for example. Overall I liked this product and would consider using it again, however, the catheter market is a crowded one, and for me, there are other products which are better.Kerenza Holzman - July 2018
When you first begin using an intermittent catheter, there may be many questions you want to ask. Wherever possible, you should seek advice from a healthcare professional.
Answers to some frequently asked questions are listed below. If you cannot find the information you need please contact our live advisors, email email@example.com or call the CliniMed Careline on 0808 1596017.
How often should I use my intermittent catheter?
How often you use your intermittent catheter depends on the individual, the reason for catheterisation, how much fluid you drink and whether you have been prescribed additional medication. Your healthcare professional will have discussed this with you and how many times a day you need to catheterise.
Does ISC hurt?
It may feel like a strange sensation at first, but intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC) should not be painful. For some people, the urethra is sensitive when first learning and if this does not settle with time then ask for advice. It is normal for some people to find ISC difficult to begin with but after a very short time and with a little practice you will find it very straightforward.
Will I always have to catheterise from now on?
This will depend on the underlying reason for catheterisation. Sometimes ISC is a temporary measure until your bladder regains its normal function. You should report any changes in drainage volumes or pattern of passing urine to your healthcare professional who will review the clinical need for continuing intermittent self-catheterisation or altering the frequency.
What should I do if I can’t insert the intermittent catheter?
If you have tried and failed to insert your intermittent catheter, do your best not to worry or panic as this is a fairly common problem and leave it around 20 minutes before trying again. Try to relax, as much as you can, as this is key to successful insertion. Do not try to force the catheter in as this can damage your urethra. If you still can’t manage to insert the intermittent catheter, then contact your healthcare professional or the out of hours number you have been given.
What if there is no urine coming out of the catheter?
If there is no urine draining, remove the intermittent catheter and try a new one. Make sure you are putting the catheter in the right place. If there is still no urine drainage and you feel your bladder is still full, then contact your healthcare professional.
What should I do if I can’t remove my intermittent catheter?
Try not to panic and stay calm, your intermittent catheter can occasionally become stuck if you are tense and your muscles go into spasm. Relax for 5-10 minutes to allow muscles to loosen up. Coughing several times as you begin to remove the catheter can also help. If none of these suggestions work then you should seek medical advice.
What if I see blood after catheterisation?
Don’t worry. It is very common to see a few drops of blood around the tip of the catheter when you have finished intermittent self-catheterisation, or some pinkish discolouration of your urine. However, if bleeding is continuous or heavy then seek medical advice.
Are there any UTI symptoms I should look out for?
Symptoms such as fever, uncontrollable shivering, blood in urine, cloudy urine, burning sensation on catheterising, unpleasant smell from urine, tummy or lower back pain, may indicate a urinary tract infection (UTI). You may not experience all of the symptoms of a UTI but it is important that, if you suspect that you have a UTI, you contact your healthcare professional.
What should I do if I forget to catheterise?
You must use your intermittent catheter as soon as you remember. Then continue as normal at the regular intervals you have been advised.
What happens if I do not catheterise as regularly as I was told to?
Do not allow your bladder to become too full as you may find you have the following symptoms if you do: tenderness and bloating around the lower stomach, headache, feeling hot and sweaty. Occasionally forgetting to catheterise will not matter but if this happens too often it can cause urinary tract infection (UTI) and urinary leakage. Should the pressure in your bladder become too high there may be a risk of urine backflow to your kidneys, which could lead to complications.
What happens when I travel abroad?
When travelling, pack as many intermittent catheters as you will need for the duration of your holiday or business trip. To avoid any possible problems with customs, ask your healthcare professional for a written statement explaining that the catheters are necessary for medical reasons and are for your own use. It is also a good idea to keep a good supply in your hand luggage should your suitcase go missing.