What can be expected following testicular prosthesis implantation surgery?
- Pain, discomfort, and tenderness in the surgical area can be expected for at least the first 24 to 48 hours. A doctor will prescribe pain medicine as needed.
- Bandages will remain in place for at least a few days.
- The ability to urinate should not be affected.
- The use of supports for the scrotum may be advised.
- Antibiotics, especially in cases of high risk of infection, may be needed.
- Avoidance of lifting heavy weights, bike riding, or strenuous physical activity for about one month following surgery.
What is the outlook for someone with a testicular prosthesis?
There have been concerns about cancer and connective tissue disease resulting from the use of silicone implants. This has been the case with some silicone breast implants. The prostheses used at the Cleveland Clinic are either a silicone block (hard silicone throughout) or saline-filled. For this reason, the risks stated above for silicone gel filled breast implants are not a concern.