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What type of undergarments should i be looking for after my surgery? I will be with a foley catheder for 10 days and need to bring a pair of absorbent underwaer to wear home after removal of the foley? I dont know how continent i will be after, but dont want to pick the wrong tpe of absorbency protection
thanks in advance
In my case, the hospital gave me one of those large diapers (the nurse called them "Granny underwear"). It's a good thing they gave me the diaper since a pad would have easily overflowed during the 45 minute drive back from the hospital.
At home I've used both the Tena and Depend "guard for men" (pads that stick to briefs-style underwear). I go through about 6 per day (unless I significantly reduce my fluid intake). I'm now in my 5th day since the catheter was removed. The good news is that I can now lie down or sit without leaking.
Some people have reported being dry from the moment the catheter was removed. Perhaps you'll be one of the lucky ones.
I wore boxers while the foley was in, and brought those and boxer briefs to the drs office the day of removal. I also brought some large pads with me but the drs office provided a pull on "diaper" (sort of a thong like thing with a big pad in front) and gave me a pad to put inside in addition. I was substantially dry that day (I actually found I had to strain to urinate for the first few days with little but dribbles and what felt like cramping - now that I look back, I wonder why I didn't sit to urinate - for the first week or two, I found I needed to lean on the wall behind the toilet so I could angle myself forward to dribble into the bowl). The pads the doctor gave me stayed mostly dry the first day, but by that night, or maybe the following morning, I had a bad case of jock itch. At that point, I decided to take my chances and just use the big self adhesive pad inside my boxer briefs. Within a few days, I was confident enough to just put it in when I was going out somewhere (so, the same pad would last me 3 or 4 days, at which point I though hygiene dictated changing it). And, probably within two weeks of the catheter coming out, I was using an Always overnight with wings (the wings don't work well with men's briefs, by the way). I used that for around the next month until I was feeling confident enough to dispense with it.
I am 6 days post op and am having the cath removed tomorrow. The most beneficial garment I found was basketeball pants. The snap up the side allows dumping the day bag very easy. Get a size that is a little bigger in the waist than normal for you will be bloated. By day 6 they they wll be loose. You dont need any pads with the catheter. Make sure you get a catheter with an adhesive wire tie on the side. This holds the tubing fixed to the leg so there is no pulling on the penis. When you sit on the toilet you may need to loosen it so it does not pull on, Yup. No big deal at all. You will get the hang of it. My catheter never hurt or was never a problem. Before surgery get it on the right or left leg depending on which side of the bed your on. I had mine on the left. I then put my night bag in a bucket on my side of the bed. You can then sleep on your back or left side. Cant sleep on the right this way nor on your stomach of course. Think about some ropes in good places to get you up from like the toilet, bed, chair or couch. Once your up you'll be fine but getting there early on takes some work. I used briefs for support of my scrotum. They say to expect your sack to swell and get black and blue. Mine did not so far but would not be a surprised. The extra support helps if yours do. Have both on hand.
Good luck and God Bless, your in my prayers.