After the procedure, it is common for bruises and swelling of the scrotum to occur. With several warm baths per day, beginning on the third day after the procedure, swelling slowly disappears over a 7 to 14 day period. As healing occurs and swelling disappears, the pain will gradually subside.
During the first 48 hours, it is required that activity is kept to a minimum. The first two days should be spent resting in bed – that means flat on your back, gentlemen, though it is suggested that you take three walks a day, for 15 minutes per walk. On the third day after the procedure, you can begin light to moderate activity, and increase your schedule, as you feel better. You may return to work at your discretion, and it is common for patients to return to work 1 week after the procedure.
There are no diet restrictions following the procedure. However, balanced meals that promote tissue healing, such as lean meats, green and yellow vegetables, citrus fruits, dairy products, and whole wheat breads and grains, are recommended. Diabetic patients may return to the pre-operative recommended ADA diet.
During your pre-op visit, you will receive several prescriptions that should be filled prior to the procedure. Pain medication should be taken as needed to provide comfort; it is common for pain to increase briefly 3-5 days after the procedure as your activity increases. Moderate to light pain and discomfort will persist for the next two weeks and a gradual improvement needs to occur. If pain persists without improvement, please call us. A mild laxative may also be needed, as constipation can occur due to the pain medication. You should resume your normal medicinal regimen as soon as you return home unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Eid or Dr. Cohen.
Stitches are removed 14 days after the procedure. At the end of this first post-operative visit, you will be given an appointment in 2-4 weeks for instruction on the proper use of the pump. Do not attempt to learn how to use the device until instructed to do so.
You should be able to resume normal sexual activity at the 4th to 8th week after the procedure.