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The penile implant is an outpatient procedure – you go home the day of your surgery. The procedure usually lasts less than one hour. It is performed through a small 2 inch incision in the scrotum and recovery is usually rapid. You should be able to have sex four to six weeks after your procedure.
- Obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician. You must have complete blood work and EKG. Your internist will decide if you require a Chest X-ray.
- If you are under the care of a cardiologist, your cardiologist will need to perform medical clearance. In this case, you will not need a clearance letter from your primary care physician.
- Nothing to eat or drink starting 8 hours prior to your procedure.
- You should take your medications with a sip of water the morning of your procedure.
- Aspirin and blood thinners should be stopped prior to your procedure. If this cannot be done safely, your procedure should be delayed.
- If you are a diabetic you will need to take a reduced dosage of your medication. Discuss this with your primary care physician.
- Do not shave your penis and scrotum. Dr. Lazare will take care of this immediately before your surgery.
- Shower and wash your groin area with soap and water daily starting three days before your surgery.
- Buy 2 elastic scrotal supporters for use following your procedure.
- You will need to have someone accompany you home after your surgery. You are not allowed to go home alone by car service. This is a New York State law.
- Arrive at the hospital at least 2 hours before your procedure.
- You will receive two prescriptions – pain medication and antibiotics. Start your antibiotics immediately after you return home. Continue taking your antibiotic pills, according to the instructions, until you run out of pills.
- Remove your dressing and shower 48 hours after your procedure.
- Continue wearing your elastic scrotal supporter
- Continue taking antibiotics until your pills run out.
- Dr. Lazare will begin to cycle your implant during the first week following your procedure. It has been shown that results are better with early implant cycling. This may be a bit uncomfortable. Therefore, we recommend that you take your pain medication one half hour prior to your scheduled appointment with Dr. Lazare.
- Starting two weeks after your procedure, Dr. Lazare will begin to instruct you how to inflate and deflate your implant. You will be able to operate your device independently by the third post-operative week. You may start having intercourse four weeks after your surgery.
- Call Dr. Lazare immediately if you develop fever over 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit, bleeding from the incision or excessive scrotal swelling.