In addition to penile prosthetic devices for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, Dr. Lerner also performs testicular prosthetic implant surgery. Testicular implants are typically a cosmetic surgery that can create a normal appearance of the testicles when the testes have been surgically removed, or when they are absent altogether due to a birth defect, illness or injury. Only one type of implant is currently FDA approved - the saline filled testicular implant.
Reasons for Testicular Prostheses
There are several reasons why a man may choose to consider testicular implants, including:
- Following a traumatic injury to the testicles
- Following testicular cancer
- Torsion of a testicle (s)
- An undescended testicle(s)
- A birth defect that causes the testicule to be very small, deformed or non functioning
About Testicular Implants
Dr. Lerner will size the testicular implant to match your normal testicle for a natural look and feel. When one or both testes are absent, the implant is sized to fill the scrotum for optimal appearance and feel. The implants, which are saline-filled, are placed inside of the man's scrotum. They are soft to the touch and look and feel very natural.
Surgery to implant the prosthesis is performed on an outpatient basis under IV sedation and local anesthesia. Recovery is typically four to six weeks, but most men can return to work within one to two weeks following the procedure.
Not all men are candidates for testicular implants. Men with untreated cancer, infection or forms of trauma may not be considered viable candidates. Dr. Lerner will review your medical history and talk to you about your best options.