Penile Prosthesis After Surgery
Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:
For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.
Ask your caregiver when you should return to have your wound checked, catheter and drains taken out, and stitches removed.
- Urinary catheter: You may need to learn how to insert a urinary catheter by yourself, if you need one after your surgery. A catheter is a soft rubber tube that you put into your urethra to drain your urine. The urethra is the tube through which urine and semen leave the body. Ask your caregiver for more information on self-catheterization and catheter care.
- Voiding: Do not let your bladder become too full before emptying it. Set regular times each day to urinate. Urinate as soon as you feel the need. Try to urinate often while awake and avoid drinking liquids before going to bed. At bedtime, urinate before lying down. This will keep you from having to get up to urinate after going to bed.
You may need to wait 3 to 6 weeks after the surgery before you may be able to use the penile prosthesis. You may feel awkward or uncomfortable when using the implant for the first time. These problems may not last long and most can be helped. Talk to your caregiver if you are worried, have concerns, or are having problems operating the penile prosthesis. The following may help you get started using your penile implant:
- Inflatable implant: Squeeze the pump that is located in the scrotum. This transfers the fluid into the cylinders and makes the penis erect. To return the penis to a non-erect position, press the valve or release bar of the pump. The fluid from the cylinders will go back into the reservoir and the implant will be deflated.
- Semi-rigid implant: A semi-rigid implant is always ready and easier to use. It may be bent down for urination or when not used for sex. When having sex, it may be bent upward or downward.
Rest when you need to while you heal after surgery.
Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.
- Bathing and wound care: When you are allowed to bathe or shower, carefully wash the incisions with soap and water. Afterwards, put on clean, new bandages. Change your bandages any time they get wet or dirty. Always check your drain when changing your bandages. Do not pull it out. Ask your caregivers for more information about wound and drain care.
- Clothing: Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, such as briefs, or tight fitting shorts or pants.
- Identification (ID) card: Always carry your penile prosthesis ID card in your wallet.
- Scrotal support: Most men have pain for several weeks after having a penile prosthesis. Aside from taking medicines to ease pain or swelling of your scrotum, you may need to use a scrotal support. You may also need to elevate your scrotum using a towel roll. Ask your caregiver for more information on scrotal support.
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