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Where should I have penile implant surgery?

Once you’ve made the decision to get an internal penile pump, you must then decide who will perform your penile implant surgery and where to have the procedure. While many patients believe that large, big-name hospitals are the best choice for surgery that is not always the case. With highly specialized procedures such as penile prosthesis surgery, surgeon selection and procedure location are of utmost importance.

Why Dr. Eid recommends outpatient surgical centers for penile implants

In order to ensure the most sterile conditions possible for each patient, Dr. Eid performs all penile implants as outpatient procedures at a small surgical center.

Successful penile implant surgery requires:

  • A highly experienced surgeon
  • Extreme sanitary conditions
  • Informed, compassionate nursing

Penile implants are highly effective in helping patients overcome erectile dysfunction (ED). During surgery, however, the risk and consequences of infection can be considerably greater than with other surgical procedures. For that reason, Dr. Eid spent years honing his patented No-Touch Technique for penile implants. With his surgical enhancements combined with reduced operating time, the use of coated implants, and custom-packaged surgical instruments, Dr. Eid successfully reduced his penile implant infection rate to less than one percent.

Surgical expertise and surgeon volume

Dr. Eid performs more than 300 penile implants each year. Urologists at other healthcare institutions and large hospitals typically perform less than three per year. It is important to choose a surgeon with a high volume of penile implants, not a center with cumulative procedure volume across many, less specialized surgeons. Additionally, large hospitals that specialize in cancer treatment, such as prostate cancer, may be reluctant to focus on ED and penile prosthesis surgery as it may reflect negatively on the results of their prostatectomy surgeries.

Penile implant risks – infection concerns at large hospitals

At the surgical center Dr. Eid has significant control over the sanitary conditions and the overall patient experience. While hospitals are sanitary, exposure to other sick and infected patients drastically increases the risk of infection during penile implantation. Exposure to virulent bacteria is greater in hospital operating rooms and during post-operative recovery than at the surgical center. At high-volume hospitals there is heavy traffic of medical professionals and patients, which also jeopardizes infection-free recovery.

Large institutions may be associated with teaching hospitals with residents or doctors in training. In such cases, these less-experienced professionals may be involved in the surgical process and/or the administration of anesthesia. Their presence in the operating room also slows the time necessary to complete the procedure, thereby increasing the patient’s risk of exposure.

Nursing limitations at large hospitals

As mentioned above, the medical support staff in hospitals—especially the nurses—interact with patients of every illness, infection, and condition. As they move from room to room and patient to patient, the risk of transferring virulent bacteria is nearly impossible to prevent. Hospital nursing staff also tends to be stretched very thin and priority must be given to those most in need.

As such, recovering penile implant patients would not receive the level of dedicated care and recovery support that Dr. Eid and his team are able to provide at the surgical center.

Read more about how Dr. Eid’s No-Touch Technique for penile implants drastically reduces the risk of infection over the Infra-pubic approach.