Inflatable Penile Implant Home Care
- 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, then as needed. 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.
Once the post-operative pain has improved, it is important to pull the pump device down in the scrotum to keep it in the right place while it heals.
- 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
• Follow-up for an incision check will be in 2-3 weeks.
• The device will be activated in 4-6 weeks.
• You will be instructed how to activate the device at your check-up.
• Once the pain is tolerable, it is important to inflate and deflate the device
at least once a day.
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, (608) 263-4757
After hours, weekends and holidays, 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: 08/26/2013
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