Question about wearing a catheter bag

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James C.
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   Posted 9/20/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
During my Pre-Admit today, the nurse described what I would have and how I would wear it in a cathater bag.  She said I would have one with 2 velcro straps and could wear the small bag during the day, and the large at night.  She said the small bag would be strapped around my calf.  I didn't realize I had a question about that until I got home. 
 
Question:  Can the bag be worn on the thigh under the shorts pants leg, or is the straps too small or the necessary drop in elevation needed for proper drainage?  It is still in the 80's here, summer is still holds sway, even on this first day of Fall, and I have been in my shorts since April and am not in any way ready to pack them away and start wearing long pants.  Now wearing a bag below the shorts is likened to wearing Bermuda shorts, black dress socks with leg straps and dress shoes on the beach, as far as fashion sense goes, so what gives with this?  Am I destined to 10 days of wearing long pants?  lol
 
 
James C. 
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Age 60 
4/19/07  PSA 7.6 , referred to Urologist
4/26/07  Urologist prescribes 3 weeks of antibiotics/anti-inflam. due to past history of Prostatis.  DRE-             nothing detected but 'gross enlargement"
6/5/07    Recheck of PSA: 6.7, biopsy scheduled.
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, ultrasound size of gland around 76 cc.
7/17/07   Pathlogy report:  3 of 16 cancerous/ 5% involved, left lobe top to center, Gleason 3/3:6. 
8/3/07     Decision made for conventional RP surgery, scheduled for Sept. 24.
Present:   Surgery Scheduled for Sept. 24....waiting...waiting
 
 


Tamu
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   Posted 9/20/2007 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
James C.,

I will try and give you a picture. The catheter has two tubes. The one that is in the bladder and comes out of the penis is about 8 to 10 inches long and ends in a "Y" connection. One leg of the Y goes to the balloon that is filled with saline solution inside of the bladder. The other leg is the drain. There will be a clamp that the Y fits into that will be held to the inside of your thigh either with adhesive of with velcro strips. There is not much room from this clamp to the bottom of a pair of shorts to allow for the leg bag to be mounted. You can probably do it with shorts that have longer legs. Also, the bag when filled protrubes out a couple of inches. This is not a problem when mounted on the inside of the calf but up at the thigh it could be in the way when you are walking. You could move it to the front of your thigh but then the bulge would be noticeable. For the few days that you will have it I would recommend that you purchase a couple of pair of the mesh type of basketball pants. They are loose and airy which should help with the heat.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07


41diagnosed
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 9/20/2007 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Well, it's not 80 here, but I am wearing the bag on my calf.  You can connect it to your thigh, but I'll tell you the issue.  After surgery, you can stand and lie, but sitting is difficult.  At least with the calf bag, when I lie on the bed, I let my leg hang off the side so the bag is lower than my body.  I'd hate to have to keep changing the bag, since it's a pain. I think I'd have to change it more if it were on my thigh.

I got these loose cotten warm up type pants that are light cotten at the Gap.  They would work well even in warmer weather. 


 
42 yo.
PSA 4.65
Gleason scores from 3 pathologies of the same biopsy (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
 2 of 12 cores with cancer
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.
4) awaiting results... (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
 
deciding on treatment...surgery scheduled for Sept. 14. but still wondering about Proton Therapy.
 


LLG2000
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 9/20/2007 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I went through the same thing.  I had the the little bag and the bigger bag. I ended up getting 2 pairs of Cargo shorts and wore them with the bigger bag.  You can wear the little one higher.  But I found you lose most of your modesty after the operation (at least for a few weeks) and your family will understand.  And, I ended up using the larger bag all the time becasue I only had it for one week.  The bigger bag holds a lot  more and it is easier to empty.  Since, I was at home the entire first week, I just used the bigger bag's clip and hung it on one of my cargo pant's pockets.  You get use to it after a day or two.  It is a great feeling when you lose the bags and the catheter in a week.
 
It has been 7 weeks since my operation and they used the robotic process on me.  I had great results and I am doing very well.  I have been playing golf for three weeks and shot a 73 last week.  Swinging at 90%.  I am 90% back to the way I was befoer the operation.
 
Good luck with your operation. 
 
 
 
 
Age: 57
PSA: 4.6
Biopsy: 5+4 on the left side of prostate
Da Vinci Aug 9, 2007: saved nerve bundle on right side which was  non-cancerous
Final pathology: Confined to prostate, 4+4 on the left side


JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 9/20/2007 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in Florida and had my surgery on May 21, 2007, so I can relate to your concern about the bag and hot weather, James. Before surgery I purchased a few pairs of those comfortable, lightweight basketball shorts that came down to just below the knee, and would strap the small bag just above the knee. This way I could go out on my walks and out for lunch without the bag showing. Of course, I had to empty the bag more often but it wasn't as cumbersome as the large bag. I only wore the large bag to bed in the evening and was really surprised at how much urine I produced overnight!

Good luck and please check back in.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Age: 49
Diagnosed: March, 2007
PSA: 3.0
Biopsy: Gleason 6, 5 out of 12 samples positive for cancer with <5%.
DaVinci Surgery: May 21, 2007, Florida Hospital, Orlando. Surgery one hour and 45 minutes, nerves spared.
Pathology Report: Gleason 7 (3+4), margins negative, seminal vesicles negative, lymph nodes left intact, 15% of prostate involved by cancer
1st Post-op PSA: <0.01
2nd Post-op PSA: Scheduled for September 27, 2007
Out of pads at five weeks. Still have some minor stress incontinence but it's not an issue.
Having erections with the assistance of Cialis

IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 9/20/2007 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi James,
 
I see no reason you could not wear your leg bag high up.  My catheter tubing was relatively short and secured high on my left leg.  It was perfectly situated such that I could wear my leg bag during the day above the knee.  It was very comfortable as well, since my pants were looser above the knee.  I hope this helps.
 
Here are some good instructions for care following surgery (of course, you'll want to comply what your local health care professionals want you to do):
 
I know you're going to do well, James.  Let us know if you have any further questions.
 
Best regards,
 
Barry (Idaho)
 
 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

PSA 0.04 (undetectable) 9/11/2007

Web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

 


GreenAcres
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Total Posts : 474
   Posted 9/21/2007 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, JamesC. Good luck - you'll do fine. I personally worried more about the bag (so it seems) than my husband's surgery. It turned out to be no big deal whatsoever, but that's easier for me to say, right? 

You can place it anywhere, just be sure it's always below the level of your bladder. Otherwise, it will begin to back up. That can be quite uncomfortable. In fact, if you start to feel a little discomfort, check to see if it's draining properly. Sometimes the big bag develops a sort of "vacuum" and the drip portion stops. Work it a little and it'll start right up again. Nothing to worry about, but just something to keep an eye on.


James C.
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   Posted 9/21/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all the replies.   Looks like my summer shorts are gonna be over for a couple weeks, according to the replies.  I got the baggy pants, so am prepared.  Hopefully summer will linger a while....... cool


James C. 
Help support the forums so they can support you:  http://www.healingwell.com/donate 
 
Age 60 
4/19/07  PSA 7.6 , referred to Urologist
4/26/07  Urologist prescribes 3 weeks of antibiotics/anti-inflam. due to past history of Prostatis.  DRE-             nothing detected but 'gross enlargement"
6/5/07    Recheck of PSA: 6.7, biopsy scheduled.
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, ultrasound size of gland around 76 cc.
7/17/07   Pathlogy report:  3 of 16 cancerous/ 5% involved, left lobe top, center, bottom, Gleason 3/3:6. 
8/3/07     Decision made for conventional RP surgery, scheduled for Sept. 24.
Present:   Surgery Scheduled for Sept. 24....waiting...waiting
 
 

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