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How should I prepare for penile implant surgery?

Marc B. Garnick, MD
Hematology & Oncology
The procedure to implant a penile device takes about one to two hours. Strenuous physical activities should be avoided for about a month; sexual activity can resume in four to six weeks. Patients and their partners are generally more satisfied with the results if they know what to expect from a penile implant (also called a penile prosthesis). If possible, you and your partner should meet with the doctor together before surgery. Make sure you understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and how the device works.

Some centers insert the penile prosthesis at the time of the radical prostatectomy, especially if both nerve bundles will be sacrificed at the time of the surgery. While it does add time to the operation, many men prefer to have everything done at once and address the issue of impotence at the time of the cancer surgery.

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