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Using Coloplast Conveen Optima external catheter

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Posted 29 Jul 2022 at 11:46

Following a recent rigid cystoscopy I have had to deal with continuous bladder incontinence.  I have been introduced to and am starting to use the Conveen Urisheath/Simpla leg-bag external catheter system.  When it is on, it works very well, but I have had great difficulty in removing the sheaths.  The adhesive is sticky and it is very awkward/painful to remove the sheath, especially towards/just behind the head of the penis.  I am circumcised.  I have tried using warm water, but it doesn’t help much.  I have thought about applying vaseline to the head of the penis and just behind it before putting on the sheath.  Does anyone have experience with the Coloplast system and have any advice to offer?  Many thanks.

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Posted 30 Jul 2022 at 08:19
Thanks, Chris. I've got a sample pack of Appeel on the way and I also emailed and then spoke to the Help desk at Coloplast. Dale, who mans the Help desk, is sending me a sample of adhesive remover. He said that new users should always be given some adhesive remover with their first batch of external catheters. Neither the incontinence specialist nurse who advised me nor Fittleworth, who supplied my Conveens, mentioned this to me. I mention it here in case it helps other new users.
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Posted 30 Jul 2022 at 14:49
Thanks again Maximum_RnB. Really useful comments.
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Posted 29 Jul 2022 at 14:51

I use these for scuba diving in a dry suit (they attach to an external valve)

Try looking for Appeel Medical Adhesive Remover. Works a treat.

I find Rochester Widebands to be the best for me rather than Conveen.

Edited by member 29 Jul 2022 at 14:53  | Reason: Not specified

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Posted 29 Jul 2022 at 15:40
Thanks, Maximum RnB. Looks like very relevant advice, especially as I hoping to be able to use my external catheters while kayaking. Do you know whether it is possible to attach the Rochester Widebands to a leg bag, e.g. the Coloplast Conveen Active bag, rather than to a P-valve? Also do you know whether it is possible to get a sample of the Widebands instead of having to order a pack of 30 without knowing whether they are going to be OK or not? Sorry for what may be idiot-boy questions, but this is a bit of a voyage of discovery for me!
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Posted 29 Jul 2022 at 17:38

As max said, appeel is really good, but at that price it should be. Not sure if it is available on prescription. 

I used soap and water after I ran out of Appeel.

Thanks Chris 

User
Posted 30 Jul 2022 at 08:19
Thanks, Chris. I've got a sample pack of Appeel on the way and I also emailed and then spoke to the Help desk at Coloplast. Dale, who mans the Help desk, is sending me a sample of adhesive remover. He said that new users should always be given some adhesive remover with their first batch of external catheters. Neither the incontinence specialist nurse who advised me nor Fittleworth, who supplied my Conveens, mentioned this to me. I mention it here in case it helps other new users.
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Posted 30 Jul 2022 at 14:41

Originally Posted by: Online Community Member
Do you know whether it is possible to attach the Rochester Widebands to a leg bag, e.g. the Coloplast Conveen Active bag, rather than to a P-valve? Also do you know whether it is possible to get a sample of the Widebands instead of having to order a pack of 30 without knowing whether they are going to be OK or not?

The outlet tube is the same size on all these things as far as I'm aware. I use the Conveens and Rochesters interchangeably, depending on what I have available.

Some years ago, I got a few samples in various sizes from a supplier along with a 'sizing guide'. 

https://i.ibb.co/KxWXXW6/Catheter-Size-Guide.jpg

IMPORTANT: DO NOT OVERESTIMATE!! A baggy one will leak. You've already said that you're not but, if anyone else reading this is still intact down there, it's important to stuff as much of the foreskin in before unfurling the catheter condom. Oh, and a bit of a trim helps avoid pain when removing. Also removing in the shower helps as it seems to soften-up the adhesive.

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Sorry for what may be idiot-boy questions, but this is a bit of a voyage of discovery for me!

There's loads of hints & tips (no pun intended) about using these things on the dive forums. Try searching on www.thediveforum.com or scubaboard.com 

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Posted 30 Jul 2022 at 14:49
Thanks again Maximum_RnB. Really useful comments.
 
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