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Our Comprehensive Care Model

Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions

At Chesapeake Urology, our goal is superior care and the highest satisfaction for all of our patients. Part of our comprehensive care model is providing pre-and post-operative instruction and follow-up care. Your care team will provide you with detailed discharge and post-surgical care instructions before you leave the surgery center. Please contact a member of your team with any questions or if any complications arise following your discharge such as fever, increased pain, and bleeding.

Pre-operative Instructions

  • If any pre-operative testing is required, your care team will advise you prior to your surgery.
  • Patients who are taking medications such as blood thinners should consult with their physicians about stopping the medication before the surgery. Do not stop any medication without the consent of your physician.
  • Patients should arrive at the Summit Ambulatory Surgery Center at least one hour prior to the scheduled surgery.
  • Please do not eat or drink anything before your surgery.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing such as sweatpants. Leave all valuables (jewelry) at home, please.
  • It is advised to bring a friend, partner, or caregiver to drive you home after the procedure.

Post-operative Care

  • Day of procedure: Following your discharge from the surgery center, you will be advised to rest, use ice packs on the surgical area as needed, and to keep the catheter in place, if one was placed. It’s important to lay down as much as possible for the first several days after the procedure to avoid blot clots and swelling. You will be given a prescription for an antibiotic.
  • Postoperative day 1: If a catheter is in place, you may carefully remove it according to the discharge instructions provided by your care team. You may also remove/change the dressings and shower (avoid scrubbing or irritating the surgical site). Take over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol/acetaminophen or ibuprofen for any discomfort. Continue bed rest and ice to reduce scrotal swelling.
  • One-week post-op – You may return to work and resume normal but light activity. No heavy lifting!
  • Two-three weeks post-op – You may resume normal activities and light exercise.
  • One-month post-op – After about one month, you can begin to inflate/deflate your penile implant. Once you are comfortable with this process, sexual activity can resume. Your care team will review the inflation/deflation process to ensure you are comfortable with activating the implant. You can also review this with your care team during your post-surgical follow-up appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery period, please contact your physician’s office.