• Guys, my doc says he will have to put a catheter in me for a couple of weeks.

    Asked by Simpleman on Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Guys, my doc says he will have to put a catheter in me for a couple of weeks.

    For some reason I have been dreading the day this would have to happen, it shouldn't be as bad as some surgery or other things I've had done, but it's just the idea of the whole thing. If you have had it done, how would you rate it on a pain scale?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My Dad had a catheter for years when he had prostate cancer. His had to be changed monthly. I can't say first-hand how much it hurt, but I watched it be changed a couple of times and I'll just say that it wasn't an easy routine by any measure. I hope yours is smooth as it can be.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Simpleman, not a big deal at all, no pain to insert or remove, I have Metastatic Prostate Cancer for 4 yrs now and have had catheterization 5 times thru my journey...worked and played with a leg bag strapped to thigh...insist on that..not the heavy bag you have to carry around with you..

      almost 3 years ago
    • BruceG's Avatar
      BruceG

      I had a catheter in place for 9 or 10 days following my prostatectomy. That was 6 years ago, but my recollection was that it wasn't so much painful as it was just really uncomfortable. I do remember that bending over to tie my shoes hurt enough that I had to have someone tie them for me and that I was counting down the days and hours when it would be removed. I'm sure it's different for everyone. Between the prostate biopsy, being crammed in an MRI tube for 45 minutes w/ a rectal coil in place, the fear of what was then the unknown, the surgery, the catheter, the recovery... I thought the biopsy was the worst. I'm not gonna sugar coat it, having cancer sucks. But for me, facing it and dealing with it head-on was the way to go. I agree with Whitey61, insist on the leg bag. Oh, and underwear modeling is probably out while you have it. That made my Dr. laugh hard enough that he probably wished at that moment that he had a catheter or at least diapers on. Find something to laugh about every day. Good luck on your journey.

      almost 3 years ago

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