A prosthetic testicle is implanted generally into male adolescents and adults, due to a variety of reasons including trauma, illness, deformity or a genetic complication. Prosthetic testicles are made with a silicone casing, with saline water inside.
The procedure of testicular implantation is often completed within an hour, under anaesthesia. A small incision is made in the groin or in the scrotum, through which the implant is inserted. Following the incision, the surgeon creates a scrotal pouch that can be attached to the implant. The prosthetic testicle is washed in an anti-biotic solution and then inserted into the pocket created in the scrotum. The incision is then closed by the surgeon.
Following the surgery patients may experience pain and feel uncomfortable. Pain medication will assist in alleviating this. Patients are encouraged to allow two days to recover and recuperate before resuming daily activities. Patients may be able to walk as soon as the anaesthesia has worn off however caution is recommended. Strenuous activity must be avoided for seven days following the procedure including sex. Bruising and swelling is likely, applying a cold/ice pack to the area will assist in alleviating the discomfort.
The patients can expect to enjoy full results within weeks following the surgery, annual examinations by a plastic surgeon are recommended.