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Patients often have many questions regarding the penile implant procedure. Here, we have compiled a list of some of the most popular questions with answers to help make your penile implant process as smooth as possible.
Is the penile implant procedure done in an outpatient setting?
Yes, the penile implant procedure takes about an hour to complete and is done on an outpatient basis, so you can return home after the procedure.
Will sensation be preserved after the penile implant procedure?
Yes, you will have the same feeling that you had before the procedure, which means that you will experience a normal orgasm as well.
Is the penile implant uncomfortable?
For the first few weeks following surgery you may be able to feel the implant, however, after a while, it will feel natural.
Will I lose penile length with an implant?
You may lose up to one half of a centimeter in penile length following the penile implant.
How long will my penile implant last?
The majority of penile implants last for 10-15 years without failure. As long as the implant is not infected, replacement in 10 to 15 years is straight forward.
Will my penile implant surgery impact my physical activity?
About 30 days after surgery, you should be able to take part in physical activities such as sports, swimming, running, and cycling with no limitations.
When can I return to work after penile implant surgery?
You probably can return to work 3 – 5 days after your procedure, as long as you have a desk job. Work that requires physical activity or heavy lifting should be delayed a bit longer.
How should I prepare for my penile implant procedure?
To prepare for your penile implant procedure, you will first discuss penile implants with Dr. Lazare. During your visit, he will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and discuss your expectations. He will also explain the benefits and risks, including possible complications.
Before surgery, you may also need to avoid certain medications such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs which may increase the risk of bleeding.
What types of penile implants are available?
There are two types of penile implants: inflatable implants and semi-rigid rods. Inflatable implants can be inflated to produce an erection. 3 piece inflatable implants use:
- a fluid-filled reservoir that is implanted under the abdominal wall
- a pump and release valve which is placed inside of the scrotum
- two inflatable cylinders in the penis
To achieve an erection, fluid is pumped from the reservoir into the cylinders. Afterward, the valve inside of the scrotum is released to drain the fluid back into the reservoir.
Semi-rigid rods are always firm, and the penis can be bent away from the body for sexual activity and moved towards the body for concealment.
What are the risks associated with a penile implant?
As with any surgery, penile implant surgery carries some risks. These include infection, implant malfunction, and erosion of the device.
Implant erosion is much more likely with the semi-rigid device. The 3 piece penile implant rarely erodes. The overall infection rate is about 3%. The 3 piece penile implant usually maintains its function for 10 to 15 years.
What will happen if an infection occurs?
Infections following penile implant surgery typically happen in the first few weeks. Early infections can cause swelling to the scrotum and fever. Later infections may cause persistent or recurrent long-term pain. Surgery to remove the penile implant is usually necessary to treat an infection.
What is the cost of penile implant surgery?
The cost of penile implant surgery will vary depending upon many factors including the type of penile implant used, and the specific surgical circumstances of each patient. Pricing can be discussed during your consultation appointment with Dr. Lazare. Our expert biller, Cindy Peguero, can help answer your financial questions.
If you have questions regarding penile implant surgery and you are interested in learning more, contact our Brooklyn, New York office today at (718) 806-9425. We would be happy to schedule your initial appointment with Dr. Lazare, our board-certified urologist, and skilled surgeon.