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A problem encountered in men of all ages, lacking testis can cause extremely serious damage for the quality of life. The causes for such affection are various: a congenital malformation, cancer surgery or other type of surgery removal and so on. The absence of one or even both testes is being called cryptorchidism. Testicular implants have the great advantage of correcting this issue with the help of testis prosthesis, also called a prosthetic testicle. The main benefits of such procedure can be listed below:
The first main benefit of this procedure is the aesthetic one. Having a testicular implant inserted will mean normal feeling and appearance of the scrotum which will instantly give the patient a confidence boost.
- Psychological benefits
A testicular implant can change the quality of the life in terms of normality. When lacking one or both testes automatically the psychological damage will be hard to combat. By simply convincing the patient that the looks and feels of his affected area will be as close to natural as possible, they can resume their usual habits without worrying about this issue.
When talking about a disease like cancer, removal of the damaged tissues is recommended at any cost. Safety will come first, especially given the fact that a testicular implant can successfully replace the affected body part.
There are some very specific characteristics that an ideal candidate for such surgery should present. The main and most evident one is the absence of testes. As mentioned above, causes can be extremely various ranging from twisting of testis to cancer or a traumatic injury. If the patient either experienced or going to experience any of the aforementioned affections, then he could consider testicular implants a great solution. In case that cancer damage remains untreated or infections develop in the area, it is not recommended to use this method, considering it could end up with unsatisfying and unhealthy results.
Before the procedure itself there are several consultation requirements that the patient needs to respect. The consultant should be able to discuss the following aspects with the patient:
- Result expectancy
Prior any type of cosmetic surgery it is highly recommended to discuss with the patient aspects regarding the future appearance of the area they are going to work on. An explanation of the procedure steps and a view regarding the possible outcome of the implant should clarify incertitude considering this topic.
- Checking the affected area
A doctor will check the patient’s affected area and will provide them with information regarding what’s going to change. If there are complications, the doctor will recommend further medication or prior preparation before the surgery.
- Medical background
The patient should bring all the necessary documents considering their past medical background, along with the latest medical blood tests. If suffering from any disease, the patient should inform their consultant for avoiding complications.
The procedure for testicular implants it’s not difficult and it can be performed by any specialised doctor. There are several steps that need to be followed during such surgery. Firstly, the patient will be placed under general anaesthesia (inducing a state of unconsciousness which will numb each reflex with the help of anaesthetic agents) or a local anaesthesia (absence of sensation in the respective area). The part of the scrotum that is going to be cut in order to insert the implant is the lower one when the scar won’t remain visible. The prosthesis will be placed into a pouch to the groin and it will be fixed in place with the help of sewing or other methods at the patient’s choice. After assuring there is no movement in the area, the incision will be sewn shut and rechecked. Saline solution can be added for a better result in terms of appearance. It’s not a procedure that takes a lot of time and the patient will be able to leave the hospital shortly after the surgery. You can find such procedure at Centre for Surgery.
The patient may encounter slight discomfort in the affected area that won’t last for long. The surgeon or the consultant will inform the patient about any discomfort or pain they should feel and the specific duration of these symptoms. After surgery, the patient will experience accumulation of fluid around the prosthesis as a natural reaction of the body to the procedure. Being an implanted prosthesis, it will also cause swelling and hardening in the initial period the time after the procedure was done. Scar tissue is normal and it usually forms around the affected area. Blood is not something to get worried about either, because small vessels tend to break during the surgery. Keeping the surgical bandages on the area for the next several days is recommended for avoiding infections. The patient will be able to get back on track 7 to 10 days after the procedure took place.
There are complications that can appear after the surgery. In case you experience any of the symptoms below contact your doctor immediately:
- Fever or chills, along with vomiting sensation and nausea
- Severe pain
- Bleeding in the area
- Severe swelling and hardening
- Ruptures or leaking
- Prosthesis rejection (the implant is being expelled from the body)
- Shifting out of position (the implant is easily moveable around)
How long it will take until you can resume your daily activities?
At least one week without complications, the patient should rest. After 10 days or more, at the doctor’s recommendation, you can start resuming your activities, including your sex life.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure itself won’t be painful, but afterwards the patient may experience slight pain in the affected area. If the pain is unbearable, it is highly recommended to contact a doctor.
Will the results resemble reality?
Yes, testicular implants are supposed to feel and look like normal tissue. They are conceived in order to make the patient regain the aesthetic normality he desires.
Is medication involved?
Yes, antibiotics are recommended in case infection occurs. Your doctor will prescribe the exact medication needed.