Tony, conventional RARP will involve having a catheter in the penis, one variation of RARP sometimes used a suprapubic catheter a few inches below the belly button. I have had a catheter on numerous occasions and find them easy to cope with. After surgery they mean you don't need to get up to urinate. They are usually in for anything between 7 and 14 days. Removal is usually pain free.
There are a couple of antiseptic, anesthetic and lubrication gels that help with any soreness in the eye of the penis. They are called instilagel and hydrocaine you may get them from the hospital or buy them from a pharmacy for about £2-3. Only Boots seem to require a prescription. Keeping the catheter stable will reduce the rubbing. You get straps to keep the catheter from moving around and snug but not tight underwear will keep it from moving.
At night I attach the night bag to the leg bag. I got an extra thigh/GStrap from the hospital at night I attach the night bag tube to my ankle and it reduces the chance of pulling on the joint. The night bag should be supported from the top but can be hung in a bowl of bucket.
The extra g strap helps when showering, I drain the leg bag and make sure the catheter is securely attached to the thigh. I then remove the straps from the leg bag and shower. I put the spare thigh strap on the other leg and transfer the catheter to other leg and refit the bags straps. The wet strap is then removed and left to dry for the next shower
Hope all goes well.
Edited by member 26 Oct 2022 at 07:40
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