My post op instructions were to NOT "rely" on external catheters and to use pads/diapers. I did that for more than six months. I did use a condom catheter during that period for shopping trips and other occasions where the pad/diaper system was not convient. But after the physical therapy ( incontinence) was completed with no gain in control I switched to the catheter and leg bag system that I now use full time except at night. I am not sure why the catheter/bag is verboten but I guess it does not give you any feedback to leakage and you might be inclined to just let go of your efforts to control which I eventually did. But, if that is something you might want to try. Just order some external catheters, extension tubes and leg bags and try them. I order mine from Allegero Medical ( easily found online) . I tried pretty much all the different types but the ones I like best are the Hollister extended wear. Hollister makes good bags too but I use anther brand now but the hollister bag would be a good place to start. Try the 500cc as the 1000 is a bit large for everyday use, I think.
I doubt you will end up like me, 100% incontinent, most people get have signifigent progress before their 2 month aniversary. But on the other if you can't abide the pad/diaper system......
As for the one you picked , I don't think I would like it, unless I didn't look at it carefully, it appears the urine is stored in a ballon type bag that is basically attached to your penis, this might be more appropriate for someone in a wheelchair or bedridden?
Anyway, you might just want to store this info away in the back of your mind for awhile and give the pad/diaper system a go. You might be surprised in how fast you are able to gain some control, or at least I hope you are.
PS , I might add to Jeff's (corvetteman) coment, more than I ever wanted to know for sure!
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent after 3 mo. PT
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Baylor recomended AUS
AUS and IPP scheduled 1/11/11
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,0.01@12 mo.
Post Edited (knotreel) : 12/28/2010 4:41:13 PM (GMT-7)