How does the doctor determine how long the catheter stays in after surgery?
Mine is driving me crazy.
The answer to your question is as varied as are the doctors and patients. It depends on many variables such as age, the amount of tissue that was removed, your overall general health, the type of surgery which was performed, etc. Some guys have had them removed as early as 6-7 days, some three weeks. I had the da Vinci robotic surgery and mine was in for about 12 days as I recall. Just know that when it is removed, you will immediately feel 100% better. Best wishes for a quick recovery!
I put neosporin on the line where it when in me several times a day. This line moved a little and keeping it greased helped.
I also had a very comfortable velcro leg band that really helped. I shifted legs during the day. Also - I poked a hole in a regular pair of briefs, ran the line through and then fairly tightly safety pinned the material around the line - wearing underwear just made me feel better.
Good luck! There are still claw marks on my dr's ceiling from the day it came out - what an experience. Now I know what a roll of life savers feels like when you pull the string.
I had an open radical, and mine was in for about two and a half weeks. It was not comfortable, but I just accepted it as one of my "jobs" during that post-surgery period. My doctor had explained the reason for leaving it in for so long (to minimize the chances of getting a stricture from scar tissue). When mine was pulled out by the nurse, it did not hurt at all.