Simple and reliable, this soft latex catheter comes with a wide stretchable, single-sided adhesive strap to hold in place. With a Gizmo catheter you roll the catheter sheath directly onto your penis, then wrap the adhesive strap over the outside of the sheath, no adhesive ever comes into contact with the skin. The catheter's double-thick bulb and stem prevent kinking and twisting for greater comfort and assurance.
The Texas Catheter was the first external male catheter to be introduced. Many professionals still today refer to a condom catheter as a Texas Catheter. Many improvements have been made since this original style came out. Many men did not have a successful experience with these and would experience a “blow off”. Meaning the male catheter would come off.
For many men the adhesive strap wrapping around the outside of the catheter was not enough to keep it on. Also because it 100% latex some men would develop a rash due to the latex. So the Male External Catheter got a bad first impression.
Today there are silicone external catheters that have an adhesive lining on the inside so that it creates a seal on the skin. This eliminates the leaks and blow offs.
Still there are a few men who had success with this style of male catheter and it is still used today by them.
When trying to choose the right male external catheter it is suggested to use a silicone male external catheter. They have the highest success rate.
Finding the right size of external male catheter
Print out the measurement guide and cut out the half circles. Rest the guide across the penis in a relaxed state closest to the body. If you find yourself in between two sizes it is best to size down. The Gizmo Male Catheters only come in 3 sizes. Small, Medium, and Large. If your size is not one of the 3 you should look into a silicone catheter.
For more information on which type of catheter is right for you see our Types of Male Catheters page.
|Sub-Heading||The original 2 piece latex with foam strip. Also called a Texas Catheter|
|Manufacturer SKU||7275, 7250, 7200|
|NDC #||11701-713-01, 11701-713-02, 11701-713-03|
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I love this catheter. It took me over a year to find this style. and I tried many of the at great expense. The tie off strips are perfect and can be adjusted if not comfortable. They slip on and off with ease and don't have that sticky gunk on them which make it difficult to put on and remove. Again the straps provided make a huge difference. (Posted on 3/11/11)
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F.A.Q. & Care Information
With some preparation, your system will become as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth. To get started, you?ll need to choose the type and size of external catheter and leg bag that is best suited to your own anatomy and lifestyle. Then learn the proper method of putting on, connecting, and removing the system, along with how to care for yourself and your system.
There are several types and sizes of external catheters and leg bags. You should select the one that works best for you. For more information on the various external catheters available through Coloplast.
Putting on your catheter:
You'll get the best results in managing your incontinence by using the right size catheter. A sizing guide is available to make it easy to choose the appropriate size for you. You can get one from your nurse or doctor, home healthcare dealer, or by calling Coloplast's customer service. Freedom® Male External Catheters, designed to keep you comfortable and secure during normal everyday use, come in five sizes to ensure a precise fit.
1. Position the rolled catheter sheath so that the head of your penis fits in the cone but doesn't rub against the bulb.
2. Unroll the sheath along your penis.
3. Remove the release paper from the adhesive-backed elastic foam band.
4. Starting just behind the head of your penis, spiral-wrap the foam band, adhesive side down, around the catheter and penis.
Loosen and unwrap the outer band and gently roll the catheter down the base of your penis.
After removing any catheter, wash and dry the skin of your penis. Check carefully to be sure there is no irritation or skin breakdown. (If you see or feel any sign of irritation, report it immediately to your doctor or nurse.) When your skin is clean and dry, you can use a Shield Skin protective wipe for extra protection before you put on a new catheter.
Connecting the Urine Collection Bag
The final step in connecting your external catheter system is to attach your leg bag to your condom catheter.
Note: Some men prefer to connect the total system?catheter, tubing, and leg bag? before putting on the catheter. You may want to experiment to see which approach works better for you.
Disconnecting and Emptying the Collection Bag
Depending on the size you choose, you'll learn quickly how often you should empty your Freedom® leg bag.
Developing a personal routine for changing your catheter, checking and cleaning your skin, and cleaning and changing your urine collection bags will help you get the best results most easily.
How often you change your catheter will depend on several factors such as:
• The type of catheter you use • Your own skin type • The climate • The types of soaps and lotions you use on your skin • Medications you take • Your diet
The best way to set a schedule is by trial and observation. Check regularly on the fit and comfort of your own catheter. You'll quickly decide how long it is safe and comfortable to wear a particular kind of catheter before changing:
1. If the catheter is loose, change it. 2. If your skin feels irritated, take the catheter off and check, clean, and dry your skin before putting on a new catheter. 3. If you notice a urine odor, take off your catheter, then clean and dry your skin before putting on a new one. 4. Be sure your urine collection system is clean and your urine is flowing through the system
Over time, mineral deposits from your urine will build up in the collection bag. These deposits will clog the one-way valve and block the flow of urine. To keep your bags, connectors, valves, and tubing clog-free, soak them every few days in a solution of vinegar and water (four ounces of vinegar to a quart of water). Let connectors, valves, tubes, and bag soak for 6-8 hours, and then rinse with clear water.
Be patient and keep trying. You can do it! Grasp the base of your penis (nearest your body) and squeeze your penis to make it more rigid and smooth the skin forward. Then, when you put the cone of the catheter against your penis, "pinch" with your thumb and first two fingers to get a firm grip on your penis. Keep holding while you unroll the sheath of the catheter. Squeeze the adhesive inner liner of your catheter to your penis. Snip away any extra material that forms a roll at the base of your penis. This can bunch up and push the catheter off.
My urine flows in sudden surges.
The double-thick cone, bulb, and stem of the catheter are designed not to kink or twist when you move, so that even a sudden surge of urine will pass through without backing up into the catheter. For extra safety, your doctor or nurse may tell you to leave a little collection space between the head of the penis and the inside of the cone of the catheter.
The adhesive lining of the catheter pulls out my pubic hair.
See the detailed description and illustration in the Mentor booklet, Putting on Your Catheter .
My foreskin gets tangled in the adhesive.
If you are uncircumcised, leave your foreskin over the head of your penis when you put on your catheter.
I experience spontaneous erections. What will this do to my catheter?
Your self-adhering catheter will expand automatically to accommodate a spontaneous erection.
The catheter is too tight at the base of my penis.
Snip off the band and peel away extra material that binds the base of your penis.
My self-adhering catheter is hard for me to remove.
Wrap a warm, damp washcloth around your penis for a few minutes. Then ease the catheter off.
Hints for caregivers
Accurate sizing of the catheter is critical. Check to see that any extra material in the sheath of a self-adhering catheter is pinched together to form a seal. If you see lots of wrinkles in this type of catheter, it probably means a smaller size is required.
If the patient complains that his catheter becomes loose and falls off, find out why. • Is it the correct size? • Is the skin clean and dry? • Is the penis retracting? If the penis is retracting, the patient should wear a shorter-sheath catheter to eliminate the extra roll sitting at the base of the penis. This roll has a tendency to push forward when the penis retracts. Any excess roll or sheath should be trimmed with blunt scissors. (The Active Cath®, Freedom Clear®, Freedom Clear® SS and Clear Advantage® catheters all offer shorter sheaths.) Is it actually the catheter that?s falling off? The system may be disconnecting elsewhere and causing a leak. Or, the connector may not be pushed all the way into the bulb of the catheter, causing kinking in the system.