i am a guy that wore a catheter, actually a total of 5, during my first 63 days after surgery. the best way to get one put in is to have it done when knocked out. i had 2 put in during emergency situations, the trick, is for them to use lots of lydocaine numbing jell, and for them to let it work for about
10 minutes or more to numb the top of your penis real good. after it is numb, it is more pain in your mind watching, if you dare, then you actually feel. no easy way with that.
i had one scope done awake, wasn't too bad, it was more the thought of what was going on, and my dr was real good on the numbing part. the second scope, i was put under completely, because they had to do some repair work, so didnt feel a think and when I was in the recovery room, the new catheter was already in place and working.
best luck to you in your upcoming decision. sometimes, i feel the choices we have to make with out pc, is like asking someone do you want to be shot or stabbed. all our treatment choices come with a risk and side effects, so keep doing your research well.
david in sc
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, July 13 - meet with radiation oncologist