First question, why are you leaking so much with a catheter? Or did I miss something in your post. If its leaking that much, then perhaps they didn't inflate the balloon portion enough when they installed the cath. The weight of the balloon typically seals the urethra where it meets the bladder neck at the bottom of the bladder. A few small drips from time to time under pressure or from a bladder spasm can make that happen. But if its coming out that soon, perhaps its all academic.
Brands? Gee, stay away from any generic CVS drug store pads or pull ups, they may cost a little less, but they are poorly made. The pullups will absolutely leak from the sides at the leg elastic part, which defeats the purpose, and they aren't tailored very well. Their men pads never quite fit right, and would not hold as much as Depends.
Unless money is absolutely the issue, I have no complaints with the Depends Men's guard, and like another said, amazing how much one will hold and still not leak. Their pull up diapers are excellent, and I used them at night just as a security blanket for about
a month when I was going dry, they are not going to leak on you.
Good luck in your recovery.
David in SC
57, 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
Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes
2009 PSA 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, again