Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
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.
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 variable ranging from twisting of testis to cancer or a traumatic injury. If you have either experienced or going to experience any of the aforementioned affections, then you 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 undergoing any surgical procedure, you will be required to undergo a consultation with the surgeon who will be performing your procedure. They will examine the operation area to ensure you are an eligible candidate and inform you of what the outcome will look like. The surgeon will also examine your medical background; be sure to bring any documentation with you to the consultation.
You will need to have reasonable expectations of what the procedure can achieve.
Testicular implant surgery can be performed under either a local or a general anaesthetic. At Centre for Surgery, the general anaesthetic is known as ClearSleep™.
Once the area has been numbed or you are asleep, the surgeon will make a small incision on the scrotum. This will allow the surgeon to insert the implant. The implant is placed into a pouch in the groin where it will be fixed into place. Once the surgeon has ensured there is no movement in the area, the incision will be stitched shut.
You will be able to return home on the same day as your surgery, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Following testicular implant surgery, you may experience some slight discomfort. This should only last for a few days.
You will also notice there will be an accumulation of fluid around the implant. Do not worry – this is a natural reaction by the body. You may also notice swelling and hardening during the recovery period. It is also normal to notice the formation of scar tissue around the implant.
It is important to keep the surgical bandages on for the first few days in order to avoid any wound complications.
You should be able to return to your usual daily routine 7 to 10 days after the surgery.
There are complications that can appear after the surgery. In case you experience any of the symptoms below contact your doctor immediately:
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.
Yes, testicular implants are supposed to feel and look like normal tissue. They are conceived in order to make you regain the aesthetic normality you desire.
Yes, antibiotics are recommended in case infection occurs. Your doctor will prescribe the exact medication needed.
You will have to rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous physical activities for at least one week. After 10 days, you will be able to resume your usual day-to-day activities, as well as resume any sexual activities.