Yes, penile implant removal or revision can be performed if the implant is causing discomfort or pain. In fact, one of the common reasons for revision surgery is to address pain or discomfort associated with the implant. Pain or discomfort can be caused by various factors, such as implant erosion, mechanical malfunction, scar tissue formation, or other complications.
Here are some scenarios in which penile implant removal or revision may be considered to alleviate discomfort or pain:
- Implant Erosion: If the implant has eroded through the skin of the penis, it can be extremely painful and may require removal and replacement to correct the issue.
- Mechanical Malfunction: If there is a mechanical issue with the implant, such as a leak in an inflatable implant or a broken rod in a malleable implant, it can lead to discomfort or pain. In such cases, removal and replacement can restore proper function and alleviate the discomfort.
- Scar Tissue Formation: Excessive scar tissue (fibrosis) around the implant can cause pain or discomfort and may interfere with the proper functioning of the implant. Revision surgery can address the formation of scar tissue.
- Complications: Other complications, such as infection or unsatisfactory results, may lead to discomfort or pain and may necessitate removal or revision to resolve the issue.