Good point! Thanks for bringing that up Jane.
Cathertization has been used as an excuse for circumcising men. As a matter of fact, a man in his late 50's was circumcised in New Jersey during abdominal surgery a few years ago without his consent. He sued and won a paltry amount. The doctor said he couldn't be cathertized unless he was circumcised. Of course, this is a crock of you-know-what!
It is a little more difficult to catheterize an intact child but not much more. There are also external male catheters that are essentially a condom with a tube coming out the end. They are simply slipped over the penis and taped in place. As a matter of fact, I would demand an external catheter. The standard catheter can introduce bacteria into the urethra or bladder causing a UTI and this would not happen in the case of an external catheter. The only reason that I can see for using an internal catheter is if they are taking a urine specimen and need to avoid contamination or if they are preforming surgery on the penis. (Such as hypospaidius repair) Most hospitals will probably not stock external catheters and will need to order them. Dragonfly, I would bring this to the surgeon's attention at least a couple of weeks before the surgery and make them show you one before the surgery begins. This is one of those things that can be "convienietly forgotten" and would not be used and you would probably be told that it was and had been used when in fact, it had not.
Of course, the doctor is going to say "You just don't understand these things. You need to just let us do our job."