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Superpubic catheters - pros and cons

My 93 father in law has had a penile catheter for the past 10 weeks.  His urologist is recommending to have a super-pubic one to reduce the overall chance of infection.  The doctors have tried to remove the catherter on many ocassions, but he hasn't been able to fully void his bladder.  He also has had a VRE and some minor infections from the catheter, which is why they are recommending the super-pubic one.  Since this one will require surgery, we are concerned that the anesthesia will be a risk for him and that he may not come out of it too well.  I would like to know what some of the benefits of this will be and whether they outweigh the risks involved with surgery.
Thank you very much for your advice.
Regards, Roy
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