Catheter comfort

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   Posted 7/23/2006 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi folks
I am, guessing that catheter comfort discussions probably go by the wayside as soon as they are removed.  I am not that fortunate yet, and am hoping there are some methods to be more comfortable living with a catheter, short lived as that time may be.
I have tried Bactein and Neosporin applied to the very sensitive area where the catheter comes out of me.  I have tried different positions for the tubing and where it attaches to the velcro strap on my thigh.  I don't seem to notice the sensation so much when I take a couple of pain pills, I think they desensetize me to almost everything, but I really don't want to be dopey if I can help it. 
Well, as trivial as this my seem, I really would like to know, and there are probably a few more that would love to hear it if there are methods that relieve some of the discomfort of a catheter.

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   Posted 7/23/2006 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brixy,

I'm guessing you've only been home with your catheter for a couple of days. I think you have done everything I did to deal with the discomfort. All I can say is after 4 or 5 days it's not as bad, and for me I had it removed on the 6th day (what a great relief!) So hang in there; sleep on your back, and hopefully soon it'll be gone.

Good luck to you,


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   Posted 7/23/2006 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Brixy,


Our urologist said to leave the area completely free of anything....


Expect mucus to appear on the tip of the penis... This is normal and should not be removed....people have a tendency to wipe the mucus away.  If the mucus is will cause the area to become dry and cause irritation. 


If this isn't the case.... call your pharmacist and see if there's anything s(he) can give you for relief


You may have a urinary infection that will need antibiotics.... this is very common with a catheter. 


So - don't wait to have this checked.  You don't need to be in pain!!! 


Take care and let us know how you're doing..... 



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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/23/2006 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brixy,
Yes, it's pretty uncomfortable, I just sat back as much as possible, did my walks as slowly as possible and took my pain meds, I tolerated it. My doctor did give me a antiseptic cream though to put around the opening of the penis and this did have a slight numbing effect. Mine was removed in a week, and what a relief it was to be able to get up and walk around and to shower throughly like a human being again. Be patient it'll be over before you know it. Take care.

Tim G
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   Posted 7/23/2006 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a catheter in for two weeks.  I found that strapping the tubing to one leg one day, then switching to the other leg the next helped alleviate some of the discomfort.  I also made sure the there was some looseness in the tubing coming out of the urethral opening so that it wasn't being pulled. 
I tried topical antibiotics for lubrication and that seemed to help too.  It's an inconvenience and an irritation, but it only last a brief time.  I tried to remember the reason it was in there--to give the anastomosis connecting the urethra and the bladder a chance to fully heal--and it made me feel better about having the catheter. 
Age 57  PSA 2.5  Gleason 5   Open Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy 6/21/06  Cancer confined to prostate

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   Posted 9/25/2006 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess that I was lucky. While I certainly didn't find the catheter a pleasure ... I did not find it painful at all ... nor was it particularly uncomfortable.
Had robotic surgery for prostate cancer in November. Would like to chat with others who have had either robotic or open surgery.

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