Care Following the Penis Implant Surgery
Penis implant surgery is a major operation. The healing process takes time and it’s important to follow instructions after surgery for a smoother and faster recovery.
Once the procedure is completed, your nurse will check in with you frequently for pain or discomfort relief. For the first day, you will receive an antibiotic through your IV. Pain medication can be taken by mouth. Every person’s pain tolerance is different, so pain medication will be ordered and given when you need it.
There will be a catheter in your bladder. Your doctor will remove it when your urine is clear, usually the day after surgery. You may experience some swelling and redness of the scrotum. This is normal. Placing a towel under your scrotum will help keep the swelling down.
Regular food will be given to you as soon as you can tolerate it. Don’t rush yourself and choose only the food you are comfortable eating. You will be encouraged to walk and sit up as much as you can tolerate.
Prior to discharge, your doctor will discuss scheduling your follow up appointment. When you get home you will need to call your doctor’s office to make the appointment.
Instructions to Follow at Home after Penile Implant Surgery
Doctors highly recommend that following the penile implant surgery, patients should avoid:
- Heavy lifting or strenuous until allowed by your doctor. Lifting causes puts stress on the incision and increased abdominal pressure.
- Sexual activity prior to your follow up appointment.
- Clothing that is too tight. Wear loose fitting briefs or shorts.
- Signing legal documents if you are taking a narcotic pain medication as it may impair judgment.
- Operating a car or any type of motorized vehicle (motorcycle, lawnmowers, scooters, etc.).
You may use the shower to bathe if you wish. Use care when washing the incision with soap and water, rinse thoroughly and dry. It’s important to return to your normal eating habits. A well- balanced, nutritious diet will promote healing. Drink fluids throughout the day to avoid constipation.
Follow any instructions your doctor has given you dependent on your health and other special circumstances. You will be given an appointment to return two weeks after your surgery. At this time is when the doctor will check your prosthesis and you will discuss restarting sexual activity.
When to Call Your Doctor
Most patients recover without any serious issues. Some patients may encounter minor problems due to their health condition or age. Contact your doctor or emergency medical facility if you have any of these symptoms:
- Increased swelling of penis or scrotum.
- Your incision becomes red, swollen and drainage occurs (could signify an infection).
- The skin around your incision is very warm to the touch.
- You have difficulty urinating and/or there is blood in your urine.
- You experience nausea and vomiting.
- Severe pain that is not relieved with pain medication.
- You have chills or fever of 101 degrees or above.