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 What to Expect After Penile Implant Surgery

 What to Expect After Penile Implant Surgery

If you plan to have penile implant surgery but feel anxious, it can help to know what to expect after surgery and during your recovery.

At Urology Specialist Group, we provide comprehensive care before, during, and after penile implant surgery. Our highly skilled urology team focuses on your safety and comfort to ensure a smooth recovery and that your implant works as expected.

What to know about penile implants

A penile implant is a device that fits inside of the penis to improve the quality of a man’s erection. Implants are typically a last-resort treatment option for erectile dysfunction (ED) that’s not treatable with medications or other therapies.

We offer two types of penile implants to meet your needs, including:

Inflatable penile implants

Inflatable implants are the most commonly used device to improve erections. Two- and three-piece inflatable devices are available that work similarly to each other.

Inflatable implants have a reservoir that sits under the abdominal wall and holds salt water. The reservoir connects to a pump and release valve inside the scrotum and to inflatable cylinders inside the shaft of the penis.

To achieve an erection before sex, you pump the fluid into the cylinders. Later, you release the valve to drain the salt water back into the reservoir.  

Semirigid penile implants

Semirigid implants remain firm at all times. You can position the penis away from your body for sexual activity and move it back towards your body afterward.

Expectations for recovery from penile implant surgery

Penile implant surgery is minimally invasive and takes less than an hour to complete. The procedure does require downtime to allow your skin to heal fully.

Immediately after our surgeons finish your implant surgery, you might experience pain in your scrotum and abdominal wall as your body adjusts to the implant. We provide medications to ease your discomfort and prevent infection.

In the initial days of your recovery, you should get plenty of rest and care for your bandages to keep your incisions clean and dry. You can expect to wear supportive undergarments to protect the incisions in your scrotum.

Since everyone heals at their own pace, your physician can determine when you can return to your usual activities. You should avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks or longer to ensure your incisions heal fully.

Caring for your penile implant

To protect your health and the integrity of the penile implant, you can’t have sex for at least six weeks after surgery. Our providers continue to monitor your healing process during follow-up visits.

Before engaging in sex, they recommend that you practice inflating your implant so you learn how to use the device properly. The practice also helps stretch the tissues around the cylinders, making your implant more comfortable.

You can expect another follow-up visit around the three-month mark to confirm that your implant works well and that your incisions are healed. 

Unless you have any issues when operating your implant beforehand, the team will help you schedule annual appointments to monitor the function of your penile implant.

Call the Urology Specialists Group office in Miami Lakes or Hialeah, Florida, today to learn more about the benefits of penile implant surgery or book an appointment online. 

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