Things you need to know
You will be shown how to do the following simple catheter care techniques:
Empty the drainage bag
Change the drainage bag
Clean the catheter where it enters the penis
Use a leg bag and connect it to a night bag for when you are asleep – this is called a 'link system'
Identify and deal with catheter problems - the most likely of these is the catheter blocking
Men often say it is a lot to take in when they are recovering from an anaesthetic and surgery. It may be useful to have a nurse show a friend/relative as well as you how to look after your catheter.
3 'I was given good instruction on the day I was discharged... I was shown how to use it .... I was well prepared ...
Don't be afraid to ask questions and make sure that you feel happy with what you will have to do before you leave the hospital.
For more information download our guides on catheter care:
What to take home?
When you are preparing to go home, make sure you have:
Written information about how to care for your catheter
Details of who to contact if your catheter becomes blocked
A spare night bag with a stand
A leg bag in the correct size (volume and tube length) with straps
If your catheter feels uncomfortable or is pulling, tell the nursing staff. There are special devices or tape which can be used to support the catheter in place on your leg.
If you are in the UK you can ask for further supplies of leg bags and night bags on prescription from your GP.
In the USA, you can find out information about products and insurance/reimbursement at Continence Central
Find out what to expect when you go home: