Congrats on you arriving at the other side. Healing and recovery begins from here...
I think it normally takes the bowel 4 days to refill if it has been purged clean with a pre-surgery cleanser. Continue the stool softeners for a week or so after the first bowel movement is what was recommended to me...
Using Neosporin or such on the tip where the tube enters will relieve that soreness and lubricate it. A further issue may be whether the tube is properly secured to the thigh with tape or velcro, eliminating the lovement that is making it sore?
I used KY jelly on the head of the penis and Boudreaux's Butt Paste on my scrotum....because even then I had leakage!!!!
3 to 5 days for first BM is typical....use stool softeners or Milk of Magnesia, especially if you are taking hydrocodone (generic name of Vicodin). You do NOT want to become constipated....can lead to serious discomfort, even hospitalization, if not addressed early. Mine got so bad at one point that even two enemas in a 30 minute period hardly made a dent in the problem.....not a pleasant memory.
I had surgery on Monday and had my first bowel movement on thursday. I had to take milk of magnesia and suppositories along with my regular stool softener. After that I had all was normal but I'm still taking stool softener three times a day. I think all the medications causes some constipation.
about the catheter, I had the bag strapped all the way down just above my ankle and I used an extention tube to allow for the extra length. This way I was able to tape the tube coming out of the penis firmly to my leg. Also it was very easy to drain the bag as I would just put my foot on the toilet seat and focus the drain tube in the toilet bowl and open the valve. Obviously I had to wear wind breaker type pants with a zipper at the bottom to allow access to the bag. All the time I had the catheter in I didn't even know it was there.
Used Triple Antibiotic (Fougera) on the head of the penis to keep it soft and against infections.
Post Edited (KrisP) : 5/2/2008 5:47:20 PM (GMT-6)