Welcome to the forum and the other side of your PCa journey. You might use neosporin type antibacterial ointment on the penis tip. I found that if I cleaned the catheter tube off well, then pulled the penis back up the tube itself, put neosporin on the exposed tube, then slide the penis back down over this, it lubed the inside of the penis for an inch or so, then I added some more to the head and an inch or so of the outside tube.
The discomfort of the catheter is just part of the experience, some have less, some more trouble wearing it. All heave a giant sigh of relief when it finally drops out...
Most guys call anything put in their shorts pads. Lots of guys find it cheaper and more effective to use the form fitting female sanitary pads, of whatever absorbancy they need, others use the male incontinence pads. It's what works best for the individual. I'd not spend a lot of money on buying pads of any type until after the removal and you see what you may need. Some docs office provide a pad, others don't. If married, ask the wife for a couple of hers, just in case. You can always buy more after the catheter is removed and you have figured out what will work. Also, remember you are sliced, diced and stitched back together inside, with lots of internal swelling, so it may take days or weeks for all that to subside, heal and present a true picture of your degree of continence, so don't get downhearted the first few days. It's a process and can't be rushed.
James C. Age 63
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4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing
open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., all clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement of the left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh
ED continues: Bimix .30cc & Trimix .15cc PRN