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Tips for Cathing After Prostate Cancer Surgery

by Jessica July 13 2018 06:23
tips for catheterization after prostate cancer surgery

Each year, nearly 165,000 males in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

early detection and prevention of prostate cancerProstate cancer is the most common cancer in men other than skin cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men according to the American Cancer Society.

However, this slow-growing cancer is often very treatable and isn't necessarily fatal, particularly in cases where it is diagnosed early. This is why it's so important to make regular or annual appointments to see a urologist. Early detection is key.

Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Surgery

For those who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are a few treatment options. This will entirely depend on how severe the cancer growth is. The best course of action will come down to a mutual decision between you and your treating physician. 

Some may have to undergo a partial or full removal of the prostate by surgery, which is called a prostatectomy. This procedure is done to prevent the diseased portions or all of this walnut-sized gland from the body in order to prevent the cancer from spreading.

prostate cancer surgeryWhile it is considered a safe operation and usually very successful, there can be some side effects. According to the UCLA Prostate Cancer Program, “the surgery may weaken the muscles that control your urine flow. Surgery may also hurt the nerves that help control your bladder.” This is why some men occasionally experience urine leakage or symptoms of a neurogenic bladder after the surgery. In many cases, this side effect is temporary, but for some, this could be a long-term condition that requires treatment as well.

Depending on the symptoms and the severity, a protective undergarment or adult briefs may be a good option to absorb any leakage until the symptoms subside.

However, in other cases, it may be best to use an intermittent catheter to help empty the bladder and prevent urine leakage.

Tips for New Catheter Users After Prostate Cancer Surgery

Find the right intermittent Catheter for you.

You're unique, and so are your needs and preferences. That's why it's important to remember that no single type or brand of catheter is the best choice for everyone across the board. 

There are multiple types of disposable catheters available on the market today, so you have plenty of product options from which to choose. When it's time to begin selecting an intermittent catheter that will work best for you, be sure to consult with your prescribing healthcare professional to determine together what may work best for you, taking into account your lifestyle, preferences, medical condition, and anatomy. 

Straight intermittent catheters are considered the original technology. This type of catheter is uncoated and must be manually lubricated with separate lubricating jelly before insertion. Lubrication is typically sold separately in easy-to-open options like single-use travel-size packets or capped tubes. These are a simple catheter option, and some men prefer these due to their overall affordability and practicality.

straight caths for men

Hydrophilic catheters can be a great option, especially for those new to self-cathing, because of their convenience, sterility, and travel-readiness. Hydrophilic catheters have a coating that becomes slippery when activated by water and takes the place of typical lubricating jelly to make catheterization more smooth and comfortable. 

hydrophilic catheters for men

Closed system catheters are also great for sterile, no-touch cathing. Frequent travelers and those in wheelchairs also find closed systems to be incredibly handy and often easier to maneuver than standard straight catheters, since they are all-in-one systems with integrated collection bags. These often come with additional insertion supplies like ambidextrous gloves, antiseptic wipes, and other accessories to keep the cathing process hygienic.

closed system catheters for men

If you have any issues with inserting a straight tip, your doctor may recommend that you use a curved tip catheter known as a coudé catheter. Coudé catheters may help maneuver through tight spaces in the urethra like strictures and get past blockages.

Coudé tips are offered along with straight tips in every type of catheter listed above. Availability will depending on the brand and French size needed. 

keep it hygienic to reduce your risk of infection

Urinary tract infections are a common side effect among those who self-cath. There are ways to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, such as using a touch-free catheter like a hydrophilic catheter or closed system catheter.

Do your best to keep your hands off the catheter tube to prevent contamination, and maintain a sterile environment.

On top of that, using your intermittent catheter just once and then disposing of it is a great way to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections.

talk to your doctor and follow their instructions.

Be sure to pay close attention to your doctors’ and nurses’ instructions regarding catheter use, including how frequently to catheterize per day and whether or not you should record your urine output for a period of time.

There are many misconceptions about cathing, which is why you should always be attentive and upfront with any questions to ensure you fully understand how to cath correctly. 

urologist prostate

Consider your catheter supplier options carefully.

Not all medical supply companies are equal when it comes to their brand selection, customer service, or product knowledge.

If you are asking “Where can I buy catheters?,” consider 180 Medical, the leading intermittent catheter supplier in the nation.

180 Medical offers an wide and varied selection of male length catheters from all of the top brands and manufacturers, including the newest products on the market with the latest advances in technology. 

intermittent catheter brands at 180 medical

On top of that, our team of trained and compassionate Specialists offer customer service that is second to none. We're happy to answer your questions, provide helpful instruction and educational materials, listen to all your concerns and preferences, and help you find the right catheter for your needs.

Using a catheter after prostate cancer surgery doesn't have to be scary or embarrassing to discuss.

If you're ready to look into your your catheter product options, give us a call today and find out how easy it is to get your first order of catheters. We'll be honored to help you as you heal from your surgery and transition into self-cathing.

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Dash for Dad: Fight Against Prostate Cancer

by kier April 23 2012 15:08

The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge is an opportunity to help with the fight against prostate cancer. They are hosting 32 events across the country to help raise awareness and funds to provide research and free testing.

Through ZERO's Drive Against Prostate Cancer program and local screening programs hosted by large urology group practice partners, the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge has provided free testing for more than 2,500 men.

Many of the large urology partners that are supporting Dash for Dad work with us at 180 Medical to supply catheter products to their patients. We are proud to be able to help support these events including the Dash for Dad Chicago in June. View the walk/run lists below to find an event in your area and consider participating to help fight prostate cancer.

More 2012 Dash for Dad Events

 Alabama  |  Arizona  |  California  |  DC  |  Florida  |  Georgia  |  Illinois  |  Indiana  |  Kansas  |  Oklahoma  |  Louisiana  |  Minnesota  |  New Jersey  |  New Mexico  |  New York  |  Ohio  |  Pennsylvania  |  Tennessee  |  Texas

Birmingham - September 15 (Urology Centers of Alabama)

Tucson - December 2 (Arizona Institute of Urology) 

South Bay - June 16

Washington, DC - June 17 

Fort Lauderdale - September 15 

Atlanta - June 16

Chicago - June 2 (Advanced Urology Associates) 

Fort Wayne - October 13 (Northeast Indiana Urology)

Kansas City - September 16 (Kansas City Urology Care)

Oklahoma City - September 8 (Urology Centers of Oklahoma)

Shreveport - June 17 

Minneapolis - September 22 
St. Cloud - September 15 (Adult & Pediatric Urology)

New Jersey
Camden - September 22

New Mexico
Albuquerque - May 12 (Advanced Urology of New Mexico) 

New York
Buffalo - June 17 (Western New York Urology Associates)
Rochester - May 28

Cincinnati - September 8 (The Urology Group)
Columbus - September 9 (Central Ohio Urology Group)

Harrisburg - September 28 (Urology of Central Pennsylvania)
Lancaster - August 25 (Urological Associates of Lancaster)

Knoxville - September 29 (Tennessee Urology Associates, PLLC)
Memphis - April 28 (Conrad Pearson Clinic)
Nashville - June 16 (Urology Associates)

Austin - October 27 (Urology Austin)
Dallas - September 22 (Urology Associates of North Texas)

Prostate Cancer Awareness

by kier July 20 2011 08:36

180 Medical recently helped sponsor an event in Detroit, Michigan, to help raise awareness and educate the public about prostate cancer. Michigan Institute for Urology created a 5K run/walk called the MIU Run For The Ribbon to raise awareness and funds to benefit prostate cancer treatment, research and education in Michigan.

According to the National Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. There will be 240,890 new cases this year alone and about 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  

The prostate is a gland located in front of the rectum and underneath the urinary bladder. It is found only in men.

You are considered at high risk for prostate cancer if you are at least 50 years old, African-American race, have a family history of prostate cancer, or consume a high-fat diet. It is recommended to have a physician check your prostate yearly.

Photo credit: Michigan Institute of Urology, Run For The Ribbon