Curt & Vicky,
Glad to see you are home and recovering!
Tanya has a good idea with the lubrication and extra straps.
We bought two velcro straps at the pharmacy and adjusted the catheter tube towards the inside a little and not on the center front of the leg. If it on the front face of the leg, it flexes more. I also made a loose fitting tent over the top of my penis using a large gauze pad and a piece of tape to hold it closer to the leg while walking and it prevented any chafing of clothes to it. It also kept it a lot cleaner. I changed the pad each evening with a clean one. With the velcro straps, it is easier to adjust the tube positions than if you get everything taped down.
I also cleaned the area and cath tube 3-4 times a day to minimize any chances of infections. For cleaning, I alchohol most of the time on the leg and tube, but also some antiseptic soap solution around the scrotum and tip of penis. Alchohol can irritate the scrotum and if it gets in the tip of the penis. Got the soap at the pharmacy and it was a liquid that you added to water. It was called Hibiclens and was a 4% Chlorhexidine Gluconate solution. I also used some of the soap when showering on my penis area and rear end.
When we went to get the catheter removed 8 days later, the nurse looked at our catheter arrangement and asked me if I was an engineer... Which of course, I actually am...
The important thing now is for you both to take it easy... Get lots of sleep and rest! You are on the "other" side now!
Ray & Avis
Age 59 y/o
Last 3-4 years of annual general health checkups - PSA 5-6 but Free PSA Ratio 21-24%, suggesting "benign" so I did not seek immediate followup urologist referral
3/7/2007 - Went to urologist -No DRE abnormalities but scheduled screening biopsy
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left OK Right Core Gleason 3+3
Consisting of single less than 1mm focus at tip of 1 core. Diagnosed as T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Got copy of pathology report:
Gleason 6 T2c Nx Mx approx 20% of prostate involved
Positive margin, but 2 places where a focal point of only 2 cells were touching edge, the right apex and right posterior. Perineural Invasion present. Seminal Vesicle and Lymphatic/Vascular not identified. Doctor was not concerned about that at all and Final Diognosis of T2c "suggests" organ confined. Stats for no re-occurance are 96% for 5 years and 95% for 7 years. No further treatment other than PSA watch.