Based on my personal experience, here's my .02:
- it is inserted during surgery, so no pain there at all
- while I was in the hospital, I was concerned about people kicking the bag and tearing something. Bag as gently kicked a few times, no real pain, lttle irritation, perhaps. Keeping the tip of the penis well lubricated is best, but the body will lubricate it too.
- I used a leg bag most of the time after I left the hospital... only used the bigger bag for sleeping. Wore sweats a lot, and no one was the wiser about the bag if I didn't tell them. No leakage problems to speak of.
- Catheter removal scared the hell out of me before hand, but it wasn't painful... felt weird more than anything else. Kind of scary when the nurse rears back to give the thing a yank and pull it out quickly, but it wasn't a problem.
Overall, I know how one can be afraid of the catheter, but really, it is nothing, most of the time.
Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: 3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score: 3+4=7; negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006)
2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
ongoing post-surgery treatment:
Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily Cialis every other day, ErecAid pump twice daily (when I can manage it)