The "underpad", an absorbent material on a water-resistant backing, is a must have in the car and around the house in the post-surgery days. You'll want them in car seats, chairs, etc. just in case. They come in a couple of sizes, about
24" x 30" and 30" x 36", usually packs of 10 or 20. If you have a Walgreen's, watch the sales - these are often a loss-leader.
I had severe bladder spasms with a lot of leakage around the catheter tube, so had to wear the diaper if I had to get out, or ever sit up for a long period of time. In that case you need the Depends "adjustable" - they split on the side and adjust with a velcro like fastener. That way you can put them on over the cath tube with less difficulty. So by default I had an extra with me the day they pulled the cath.
Once the cath is gone, if you need pants, the standard Depends Men's was my preference. Tena is also good, but expensive.
If you are in the States, go to the Depends web site - they offer a sample pack of pant & pad - one per household (I signed up good friends as caregivers and got an extra). Also Tena and Coloplast will send a sample pack. At Tena, you choose the product. Coloplast is more a drip collector which is for minimal leakage, so I suggest the "5420 Extra". They sent a 10 pack, but these are terribly expensive and hard to find.
Get the free samples - if you don't need them, you saved money. If you do, you will be better prepared.
Since I was in free-flow mode for months after the cath, I know all too much about
pants & pads.
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