Penile implant removal or revision is typically performed to address complications or issues related to a previously implanted device. While the primary goal of these procedures is to resolve problems and improve the patient’s overall quality of life, there can be some impact on sexual function, both in the short term and potentially in the long term. Here’s how it may affect sexual function:
- Temporary Disruption: In the immediate postoperative period, there can be a temporary disruption of sexual function. This is often due to post-surgical discomfort, swelling, and the need for healing. Patients are typically advised to refrain from sexual activity during this initial recovery period.
- Adjustment Period: After penile implant removal or revision, there may be an adjustment period during which the patient and their partner need to become familiar with the newly implanted device, if applicable. This may involve learning how to use and operate the implant effectively.
- Restoration of Function: In many cases, the primary goal of penile implant removal or revision is to restore or improve sexual function. Patients who experienced difficulties with their previous implant due to complications or malfunctions may find that their sexual function is enhanced after the revision surgery.
- Patient Satisfaction: The success of penile implant removal or revision is often measured by improved patient satisfaction with sexual function. Patients who were dissatisfied with their previous implant due to issues like discomfort or malfunction may experience better outcomes and greater sexual satisfaction after revision.
- Individual Variability: The impact on sexual function can vary from person to person and depends on the specific circumstances of the surgery and the individual’s health and preferences.