A 58-year-old male asked:
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what is best option for external cathetor? patient is experiencing major incontinence issue.. he control over when he has to urinate is very minimal. he do not completely empty his bladder when going to the restroom. he has recently had prostate surge

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Urinary : Urinary catheters can introduce infection into the body. One option may be a condom catheter, where the device is placed on the penis, much like a condom and the urine is drained into a bag. Also, consider adult pampers in the interim to help with the incontinence. It is never recommended to place an invasive drainage device unless there is a major health risk or safety issue since the complications associated with infection carry a higher risk.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Gregory Lewis
43 years experience Urology
See below: Whether the prostate surgery was done for relief of BPH-related obstruction or radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer, it is most important to first determine the cause of the urinary incontinence (significant urinary retention, overactive bladder, sphincter damage, infection, etc) to guide treatment options. Condom catheter requires good penile length. Different types. Not ideal if retention.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019

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