What Should I Expect Before, During and After My Procedure?
Getting a penile implant and regaining control over your sex life can be exhilarating. But it can be a nerve wracking experience as well. However, penile implant procedures are very safe in general and understanding the process can help you alleviate some of the apprehensions surrounding it. Here’s what you should expect before, during and after you get your implant installed.
Before the Procedure
Most of the time, your implant surgery will be taking place either in a hospital setting or a surgery center. In some cases, you might undergo general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia to numb the lower part of your body.
Your doctor may also administer an antibiotic IV injection to reduce the risk of infections during the procedure. To further lower the risk, the surgery site will be completely shaved as well.
At a certain point during the surgery, a tube might be inserted directly into your bladder to collect any urine. The surgeon will then start by making an incision either at the base of the penis, below the penis’s head or the lower abdomen.
Your doctor will then proceed to stretch your penis’s spongy tissue. This is the part that swells up with blood when having an erection. The doctor will then choose the right size implant and insert it into the penis. The implant will have previously been customized according to your body measurements.
In the case you’re getting a 2-piece implant, your doctor will make an incision in your scrotum and place the pump there. In the case of a 3-piece implant, another incision will be made in your abdomen and the fluid reservoir will be placed right behind the abdominal wall.
Once all the devices have been implanted, your doctor will stitch the incisions shut. The whole procedure should take between 45 minutes to 1 hour in total.
After the Procedure
After the procedure, you’ll be more than likely prescribed medication so that you can deal with the pain. You might experience mild pain for a few weeks after the procedure. You might also be prescribed antibiotics to reduce the risk for infection.
Your doctor will give you instructions as to when you can resume normal physical and sexual activity. In most cases, recovery should take between 4 to 6 weeks. And you’ll also have to come back so your doctor can remove your stitches a few weeks after the procedure. He may also give you a set of exercises to perform to get you and your body used to the implants.
Knowing how the whole penile implant procedure works will help you get prepared for surgery and know what to expect after. If you need more details about penile implant surgery, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best penile implant doctors in NYC.