What is the surgical procedure for a Penile Implant?
Dr Love uses the MINT (Minimally Invasive No Touch) Technique which he developed. This technique has resulted in some of the world’s lowest infection rates for Penile Implant Surgery.
Penile Implant surgery is performed under sterile conditions in the operating room with the patient under general or spinal anaesthesia. The operation usually takes less than 1 hour with a single overnight stay after surgery in the hospital.
The surgery involves the following steps:
Are there risks and complications of Penile Implant Surgery?
As with any surgery there are potential risks involved. The decision to proceed with the surgery is made because the advantages of a penile implant significantly outweigh the potential disadvantages of the surgery.
It is important that you are informed of these risks before the surgery takes place. Complications can be medical (general) or specific to Penile Implant surgery.
Medical complications include those related to the anaesthesia and your general well being. Most patients do not have complications after Penile Implant surgery; however, complications can occur and depend on which type of surgery your doctor performs as well as the patient’s health status. (Obese, diabetic, smoker, etc.)
Specific complications for Penile Implant surgery include:
Infection can occur with any operation. Infection rates vary but with Dr. Love’s surgical technique are very low for healthy men (0.4% chance). Infection can occur weeks or longer after penile implant surgery and may present as pain, swelling of the scrotum, fever, or drainage.
If infection occurs, it can be treated with antibiotics but may require further surgery to remove the implant, and either immediately place a new one, after antibiotic washouts, or later when the infection has resolved. In rare cases, the prosthesis can erode through the skin requiring surgical intervention.
Although rare, mechanical breakdown can occur and requires surgery to repair or replace the broken prosthesis. Mechanical problems with implants have diminished in recent years due to technological advances., with 95% of implants still functioning well 10 years after implantation.
Injury to the other structures:
Damage to other structures in the area is rare but can occur during surgery and requires repair.
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