Side effects of a catheter: urinary urgency. It feels as if you have to urinate, despite having a catheter in place. The first night there was 1.5L in the bag! It's important that urine flows freely.
The surgeon prescribed Tolterodine. [Effects of tolterodine, trospium chloride, and oxybutynin]
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Constipation is a side effect of the hydromorphine, too. This is a pain killer, as he has 8 belly
|Foley catheter, daytime (left) and nighttime (right) bags.|
Bottle to flush the bags: 33% vinegar/water.
I brought in bran muffins, fruit, and went to the druggist for a stool softener. It has all helped.
Foley catheter care is vital to preventing complications such as infection.It's tricky finding good websites for information, without ads! Here is one.
Of course, remember that with a prostatectomy, it is normal to have some blood and blood clots in the Foley bag. Remember to wash your hands, wash the body with soap and water, use antibiotic ointment. With a prostatectomy, you must read the literature during the 7 - 10 days you have a catheter. I've put a fresh supply of rags and cloths in the bathroom. I keep forgetting if I have closed the port at the end of each bag, or not!
The ports are a site of possible infection. You need antiseptic wipes, to wipe each port at the time you switch them. This is a juggling act. Trust me! The video uses a manikin, which isn't the same as a moving spouse!
I have a spray bottle of antibacterial soap, as well, and clean up around the area, the floor, and the toilet each time. A bucket in the bath tub collects the dirty cloths.