Clothing after bladder surgery

Posted by rainyday541 @rainyday541, Jul 31, 2019

I will be having surgery on my bladder in a couple of weeks and will be coming home with a catheter for two weeks. I am female. What type of clothing will I need while wearing this catheter? Does anyone have any advice? What did you do to make this a more positive experience?

Hi @rainyday541, I'd like to bring @gardeningjunkie and @ggm43 to the conversation as they have both had bladder surgery and may be able to offer you advice or support.

How are you feeling going into the surgery? What advice has your doctor given you?

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I had this surgery, plus fiber allergies so this also had to be considered. My catheters were removed before discharge for my bladder mesh surgery and also the bladder sling surgery so hopefully someone that needed to wear catheters has answers. After all surgery's for clothing I wear loose fitting, 100% cotton muu-muus or housedresses so nothing is binding and for you a dress would make cleaning of catheter easier. Plus I don't like the feel of a waist band after surgery. My surgeries were vaginal and wore a panty liner for about 2 weeks for a light discharge in my 100% cotton panties.
Yet how can you wear underwear? Can an old fashioned elastic belt worn to hold up the pad be worn with a catheter if you have vaginal discharge? Perhaps you could simply lay on top of a thick cotton towel or mat and allow any drainage to be trapped.
Have you asked your nurse or doctor?

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I had a catheter after my kidney transplant surgery. I was totally unsure of what to expect. The nurses took care of everything. I had a long tube that was taped (I think) to my thigh when I was up for a walk, and the collection bag was secured to my hospital gown. I also wore a hospital robe for privacy. I was surprised at how well that worked. My catheter was removed a couple days before my discharge.
When I could start wearing real clothes again, soft and loose was sufficient. My surgical site is in my lower left abdomen.

My tip fo to stay positive is to – Focus your attention on the future, after you are healed. Ask your doctor and nurse(s) questions.
When is your surgery?

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I will be home with a catheter for two weeks after surgery. I plan to call the doctors office and ask questions. I just thought someone here would have some insight for me and it would save me a call. Thank you!

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@rainyday541, I think that is is a good idea to talk to your doctor because he/might have some information that is specific to his post surgery protocol. I also want to encourage you to keep checking back with this discussion for more responses.

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@rosemarya

@rainyday541, I think that is is a good idea to talk to your doctor because he/might have some information that is specific to his post surgery protocol. I also want to encourage you to keep checking back with this discussion for more responses.

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Thank you!

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