Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Usually, only acetaminophen is utilized after the procedure. Most likely your penis will be tender and sensitive to physical contact for 1 to 2 weeks. However, your ability to urinate should not be affected.
Although every person’s recovery time is different, you should be able to resume most of your daily activities within 2 to 3 days after the procedure. Sexual relations can be resumed usually 3 weeks after the procedure. Remember to be patient, and try not to rush your recovery time. Should any problems occur after your procedure, immediately contact me. This is especially important if you have a high temperature, or if your penis becomes excessively swollen, painful, red or inflamed. Please see specific instructions below:
- The penis is wrapped with a compressive dressing. You should keep it on until you take a shower which is usually 36 hours after the procedure. However, if you have difficulty urinating or you notice the tip (glans) of the penis is dark blue or white you can loosen the dressing. A small amount of bright red blood is to be expected. DO NOT be alarmed if you feel that the amount is excessive–call my office. There might also be swelling of the penis which will decrease over several days. Please keep the penis pointing to your belly for a few days after the procedure to minimize the swelling that occurs normally.
- At the time of discharge from the Ambulatory Surgical Center you will have been given prescriptions for pain medication and, occasionally, antibiotics. When taking pain medication, be careful as you walk or climb stairs. Dizziness is not unusual.
- Do not drive the first week after the surgery, but you can ride in a car if someone else is driving.
- The dressing may be removed 36 hours after surgery, before you shower. Keep the dressing dry until then. You may shower 36 hours after the surgery.
- Swelling and black and blue are normal. Both will resolve in 3-4 weeks.
- If your job involves only desk work and very light activity, you may return 2 or 3 days after the surgery. It is likely that you will have some discomfort for 3-6 weeks after surgery.
- No heavy work or sports are allowed for 2 weeks post-operatively.
- No sexual intercourse is allowed for 3 weeks post-operatively.
- You may resume normal activities as you feel up to it.
If you would like more information please contact:
Bruce R.Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D. at 516-487-2700 or info@BruceGilbertMD.com