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Penile Prosthesis


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You see tubing or part of an implant poking through your skin.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You cannot urinate.
  • You have severe pain.

Call your doctor or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your surgery area is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have pain or swelling that does not get better with medicines.
  • Your urine is cloudy, bloody, or you have trouble urinating.
  • You have trouble making your implant work.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


You may need any of the following:

  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Antibiotics may be given to help prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.


  • Care for your surgery area as directed. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the surgery area with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages if directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
  • Apply ice on your penis and scrotum for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
  • Wear compression underwear or other support device if directed. You can also elevate your scrotum with a washcloth or small towel. This will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Urinate as soon as you feel the need. Do not let your bladder become too full before you urinate. Set regular times each day to urinate. Try to urinate often while awake and do not drink liquids before you go to bed. Urinate before you go to bed for the night.
  • Do not have sex until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You may need to wait up to 6 weeks before you use the penile prosthesis.

Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches, drain, or catheter removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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