Your Care at Home After Inflatable Penile Prosthesis Implant
- Keep the penis dry while the dressing is in place. You may take the dressing off after 24 hours. If the wound is still draining, apply a light gauze dressing.
- Your stitches will dissolve on their own. They do not need to be taken out in the clinic.
- You may shower 24 hours after surgery. Do not soak in a bathtub, hot tub, or swimming pool until your wound is healed.
- Take the antibiotics your doctor ordered until they are gone.
It is normal to have pain for 1-3 weeks.
To help reduce pain and swelling use an ice pack for the first 12 - 24 hours. To make your own ice pack, put ice cubes in a zip lock plastic bag, or use a bag of frozen peas. Wrap the ice bag in a towel. Do not apply ice directly to penis. Use the ice pack for only 20 minutes at a time.
Your doctor will order pain pills for you to take. You may find it helpful to take the pain pills on a schedule the first 1-2 days.
- Do not lift more than 10 pounds for the first 3 weeks.
- Check with your doctor before going back to work.
- No sexual activity for 1 month.
Follow-Up Clinic Visit
You will follow-up with your doctor in 1 month.
When to Call the Doctor
- If the penis becomes pale white or dark in color (a bruise) while the dressing is in place
- The wound gets more red or warm to touch
- Excess swelling
- Bloody drainage more than spotting, or a bruise that is getting worse
- Pus-like drainage
- Temperature (by mouth) more than 100.5° F
- Problems passing urine
- Bloody urine
Urology Clinic, Monday-Friday 0800 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at (608) 263-4757
After hours, weekends and holidays, call (608) 262-0486. Ask for the Urology doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942
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Last Updated: 12/02/2009
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