Testicular Implants

Testicular implants may be performed after the testes have been surgically removed or are absent because of birth defect, illness or trauma. Testicular implants and prostheses may also be performed in certain cosmetic cases. An implant is sized to match the normal testicle, or when both testes are absent, sized to fill the scrotum so that it appears as desired. Testicular implants are filled with saline and placed inside the scrotum. They are soft to the touch to provide a realistic look and feel. At the Center for Men’s Health at TUCC, testicular implants are performed as outpatient surgical procedures in our ambulatory surgery center.

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Considerations Before Surgery

Prior to surgery, testicular implant patients will undergo some routine tests. These tests usually include a general physical exam, including blood and urine samples.

There are several factors that may affect a testicular implant procedure, patient recovery and results.

Factors to consider before surgery:

  • Overall health
  • Healing capabilities (which can be affected by smoking, alcohol and medications)
  • Prior scrotal surgeries

After Treatment

Factors to consider after surgery:

  • Infections
  • Shifting of the implant
  • Scarring from the incision
  • Possible hardening of the capsule around the implant

Prior to a testicular implant surgery, a Center for Men’s Health at TUCC physician will advise patients on whether or not they will receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia during the procedure. With a local anesthetic, a patient will be awake, but the lower part of his body will be numb throughout the procedure.

Typically, testicular implant procedures are relatively simple and last 20 to 40 minutes.

Patients will experience some discomfort during the first 24 to 48 hours after their procedure. Surgical bandages must be kept on the scrotum for a few days. Patients will most likely feel fatigued after the surgery and the scrotum will be swollen, tender and sensitive to physical contact for some time.

Patients should be able to resume most of their non-strenuous daily activities within 7-10 days.

During initial patient consultations, a Center for Men’s Health at TUCC physician will offer specific details to patients on their recovery process, including the amount of time they need to wait before resuming sex.

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