Testicular Implants

Testicular implants are a procedural operation aimed at providing synthetic testicles, where the patient has suffered an absence of such, as a result of a medical condition or a previous operation. The procedure is generally the preference of those who feel that the surgery will enhance their appearance and confidence through providing them with two testicles of equal size, and weight.

When considering testicular implants there are a number of variations in which to consider. The choice of implant may well be influenced by the patients own preference or that of the consultant.

The procedure involves the patient being put under general anaesthetic. The surgeon will then make an incision in the scrotum, before inserting the implants in to the scrotum sac. It is worthy of note that the testicle may be a different size and may not be of equal size to a patients other, or previous testicles. Patients should also understand that mild scarring is a realistic side affect of a testicular implant.

Preparation

Before undergoing testicular implant surgery consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets, and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity such as aspirin. In preparation of surgery it is also highly recommended that patients avoid smoking to enhance the recovery process and aid wound healing.

After the Operation

Following the operation the patient will experience pain and discomfort that can be controlled by pain killers. They should also expect to feel tired and sore for a few days following ther surgery, whilst remaining inactive for about two days. A scotal support may be needed.

Should the testicles be covered the dressing will be removed within a few days. The patient may experience mild pain around the scrotal area and the stitches will dissolve.

Before leaving the hospital the patient will be given the necessary advice for post-procedural care - including hygiene and bathing.

Recovering from Testicular Implants

  • Don't shower for a number of days after the operation
  • No strenuous exercise or activity for a number of weeks
  • No lifting of heavy items and objects

For the large majority of men that under go the testicular implant procedure the results will be a success with no unforeseen consequences. Despite this, the capacity for risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.

Risks and complications

  • Pain, swelling & tenderness for a few days
  • General complications from any operation may occur, adverse bleeding, reaction to infection and loss of the implant.
  • The two testicles may be of different sizes.
  • An infection in the scrotum can mean the implant is temporarily removed to allow the infection to heal.
  • Fluid can build up around the implant. This is called a seroma and may require further surgery to remove
  • The rupture or splitting of an implant can occur which may lead to the replacement through further surgery, however this is rare.
  • Pain from capsule contracture around the implant.

By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our testicular implant procedures, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.

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