I saw that someone had found this site by searching “pants to wear with a suprapubic catheter,” and I thought that was an excellent question, since I have been dealing with this myself. What type of pants you wear with a suprapubic cather depends on which bag you are wearing.
With a bedside drainage bag
The bedside drainage bag, such as the Curity-Kendall-Covidien type I wear and have mentioned, which have an anti-relux system and holds 2000 cc, are large and have a very long and thick tube. You pretty much have to wear short pants while wearing this bag. One with pockets works best because you can hook the bag onto a pocket while walking around. But be very careful when doing this not to hook the tube on something. I place my hand over the bag when walking around to prevent this. Also, I’ve tried several different kinds of shorts and find the ones that work best are soft, shorts with a not-very-tight elastic waistband and draw-string. I actually wear a pair of Monty Python “jams’ (forgive the 80s term) from Nation Underpants, which you can pick up at most Target stores.
The reason you can’t wear long pants with this type of bag is that though the tube is long, it still is not long enough to thread all the way down your leg and back up to wear you can carry it around. You don’t/cant wear a bag this large inside your pants. It’s meant to be carried around and/or hooked onto a bedside.
With a leg bag
Leg bags, such as the Hollister type that I wear, which straps around your lower leg, allow you to wear long pants. However, the thing you need to be careful about is the tubing popping off the connection points under your pants. This has happened to me twice, and it can be messy, and embarrassing. The main cause of the tube disconnecting is that some sort of tension pulls on the stretchy leg bag tubing, usually at the point where the lower tubing connects to the top of the leg bag.
The first time it happened, it was largely the type of pants I was wearing, blue-jeans, which not only are fairly tight around the leg, but are mad of material that have no stretch or “give” along with also tending to grab onto the rubbery material that leg bags are made of. So unless you really have to, I recommend NOT wearing jeans. If you must wear them, I recommend a bit of extra security at the connection points, perhaps with tape. Also, bring a change of pants and socks with you if you go out.
The pants I do recommend wearing are very loose-fitting draw-string pants with plenty of room for the tube. It’s also very helpful for them to be made of a material that will allow you to feel the tube through the pants and even shift it around with your fingers. I wear one of two types of pants. One is made of very thin, lightweight cotton. The other kind – my mainstay – are fleece draw-string pants I get from Target called Merlona men’ fleece pants. Regardless of what you choose, I recommend getting the next size up from whatever size you normally wear. As long as you have an elastic waist band and draw-string, there should not be a problem keeping them up. And the extra space will be helpful in giving room for the tube.
Regardless of the type of pants you wear with a leg bag, be careful of the other way an accident can happen (and yup, it happened to me 2 nights ago). The “closed” position for the Hollister leg bag outlet handle is “up,” flush against the bottom of the bag. When I was taking my pants off, they gathered at the bottom and caught the valve handle, pulling it down, which of course means “open.” And of course I was standing on the carpet. So not only did I establish a new rule of paying close attention when removing my pants when wearing a leg bag, I (by which I mean “my wife”) also established a rule that I only ever remove my pants in the bathroom, where the floor is linoleum.
Hopefully, as it is the purpose of this site, my experience can help your life with a catheter better. In this case, my advice if you have a suprapubic catheter is to wear shorts with a pocket when wearing a large bedside bag, and long wide, loose-fitting lightweight pants when wearing a leg bag.
Good luck. And as always, if you have any tips of your own, please leave a comment below.