Leandra, If you read my "KW's Journey" you'll see I one of the worst on here when it comes to the incontenance. I still fighting it at almost 6 months post op.
As far as cathiter removal it was no big deal. Just a couple of seconds of a strange sensation then it was over.
I wore the Belted Depends for a while. Yes, they were almost like diapers but that is all that would work to contain the leaking. After a while I switched to the Depends Underguards for Men. Those are the pad's that slide in the front of your briefs. I'm still using 6-10 of those a day depending on my activity level. I do work a job where I'm on my feet all day so I start to leak a little more in the afternoon than in the morning.
I also just had a collagen injection to try to beef up the sphincter structures. It has helped a great deal but it has not been a cure all.
I try to remain positive because all my labs and last two PSA's have come back clean.
If you battle the incontenance just remember your not alone.
PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved.
All Lab's clear. No Cancer outside prostate
Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006 Undetectable 0.00
Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
Dr. said everything looks fine. Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved after Cystoscope?!?!?! Down to 3-4 pads per day!
March 1st Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ???????
March 8th Started Detrol LA to see if it helps with the leaking?
March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking.
Return office visit May 2nd unless leaking starts agian.
May 22nd Follow up and 3rd Post Op PSA