Best to fasten the leg bag just above your ankle. The bags with the velcro straps don't seem to stay fastened as well, as the bags that come with elastic straps with buttons.
Make sure to ask for the connecting tube. They don't come with the leg bag. The tube will connect between the "y" on the end of the catheter to the top of the leg bag
If you catheter is properly in place and attached to your thigh, just make sure there is always enough slack to bend or walk comfortably with it attached to you.
Urine is only sterile inside your bladder, the moment it leaves, either via your penis or catheter, it is not sterile. So with a leg bag, dont lie down, or fall asleep, and it can and it will back flow into your bladder, and it can cause infections and UTI's real quick, plus it would give you an unpleasant burning feeling in your bladder neck going up you in reverese.
Only time I wear shorts with a leg bag is at home, around people familiar with my situation. Otherwise, I only wear long loose black pants if I go out in public, or to a store.
The leg bag needs to be checked frequently. One minute it will look like not much is happening, and just like that, it can be as full as a tick. You can usually feel the weight of a full bag, as it tugs down your leg, so empty often.
And of course, make sure the valve is closed, or you will be leaking with every step.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, next one: July
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17