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 implant surgeries 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 0.5% percent, the lowest in the world.
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 the 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 to microorganisms.
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. Witness the Ebola epidemic. 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.