I too have recently been in touch with Marlen again. I was told samples of the 30fr would be available soon and I also was sent a sample of the 34Fr. The diameter is too large and I am afraid to try it for fear of damaging my stoma. I will wait for the smaller 30. 

Has anyone received a sample of the 30fr from Marlen? I have, and found it to be too flexible. It bends on insertion. Also, the inside diameter is .5mm smaller, so the tip if the bulb syringe I use to irrigate won’t fit in.

I would love to hear your experience with it.


Yes, I did get a sample and at first sight I thought it would be too flexible but I found it went in just fine and actually the new type of medical grade silicone seems to be better than anything I've used in the past including the Weber & Judd 29 fr and 24 inches long.  I did give them my feedback that the bullet tip was only filled to 1/4 inch instead of the 1/2 inch that many people would probably not be comfortable with, even though it was fine for me and he said these were only prototypes and  were still fine tuning this. Apparently many samples were given to some hospitals who do k-pouch, etc and they were very happy with them.  I only used Weber and Judd for 40 years and then bought  the Marlen 30fr 15 inch, so at 24 inches, I'm thrilled that they'll be on the market soon.  I was told that by the end of this week or next, they'll be available to buy. This silicone grade is very soft to the touch but again worked wonderful for me.




15040 Medium Straight Tubes Marlen MFG. & DEV. CO.

I cut some off the end and keep it sitting in a cup in a u shape so it will stay that way. It makes it easier to use.

I use the Bard 50cc Bulb Syringe. It fits in the end of this  catheter just fine.

all of my different cc's irrigators fit from those that hold up to 80 cc's to the very small,pointed ones I've gotten from dental offices, the Weber and Judd was only 29 fr, even smaller, so I'm not sure what you're using, I think all of mine came from hospital stays or whatever I saw online from the medical  supply houses, I had no idea there were different sizes, some were pointy, some not. Perhaps you need to ask your medical supply house. All have fit easily.


There may be some confusion here, we're discussing the brand new, not even out yet Marlen 30 fr 24 inch catheters, that a few of us were able to sample before it goes on market. It's a completely different silicone, that now is comparable to all the newest catheters being put on the market

I was told they only had a few samples to send out, sounds like most of them went to hospitals for their feedback. Since I was told that they would be on market very soon, I don't know if they're going to send any more out. You can always contact them.  I don't know what the price will be, however, since it's similar to Weber and Judd, they'll definitely be more expensive than what you pay for the shorter length, and completely different material than any of the other catheters, well worth it to me after having to use the 15 inch length.

I talked with them over 3 or 4 weeks ago after not hearing from them when he said they would be on market by end of August.  Apparently , they need to do some more design work and testing on catheter according to their feedback.  I thought it was great except to add more to bullet tip.  They're not responding to my emails so not sure what's up. I recommend others contact by phone as well.

The lack of care and concern - and professionalism - has been disappointing! The abrupt halting of the production of the catheters with no notice, in addition to the difficulty communicating with Marlen (I’ve been dealing with Lyle as well), just creates anxiety and that’s certainly not something we need more of!

There is a website, BCIR catheter 9 inch extenders for 30 Fr, selling for $10 plus $6 shipping, so this will work on any of the shorter 30 Fr catheters. This sounds like a good option until Marlen hopefully gets out their 24 inch catheter.

Standing to intubate?!  Hmm, not sure many people want the longer catheters for that purpose.  Edgepark does not sell them, they have other types of tubing but not for continent ileostomy  catheters.  This company I wrote about, I believe produces them and made specifically for 30 Fr catheters

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