Post by catheterboy on May 17, 2018 4:17:48 GMT -8
I have been catheterised for nearly five years now. The first year and a bit it was inserted through my penis but I got really sick with infected prostate and testicles. It was decided to suprapubic. So SP has done ok the last three and half years but two nights ago it came out in my sleep. Anyway the hole had closed over it had been hours and there was no way it was going to be able to be re inserted so it's now up my penis again. I am ok with it just getting used to the new sensation. It's a 16fr because that's what my SP was but in the old days the urethral one was only a 12fr. I think the 16 is better and might not move about as much so I am not go to ask for a 12 when I have it changed. Long term I don't know. I certainly don't want to rush into another operation. I just need to not get sick. I am taking antibiotics for the next three days. Thanks for reading.
in the old days the urethral one was only a 12fr. I think the 16 is better and might not move about as much so I am not go to ask for a 12 when I have it changed.
I have been told by several community health nurses that 14 French is the smallest size typically used by adults in the community. However, I have also tried 12 on a couple of occasions. I found that it drained so much more slowly than the 14 that I discontinued using it. Even the 14 takes up to two minutes to drain a full bladder. In the rehab unit at the local hospital the smallest size they ever use is 16, since they see a lot of patients with sediment.
Post by catheterboy on May 24, 2018 6:19:52 GMT -8
Thanks guys for that. Everything is going fine no infection. I have happy with the 16 and will keep with that size. I hope I can keep well as I don't want to hurry into having another SP done. I am sure one day I will but I hope to get a year or two down the line as it is.