When a man undergoes surgery to remove a testicle due to testicular cancer, one of the biggest concerns (besides making sure all the cancer was found) is how their appearance will be post-surgery. Some men will not feel as manly while others may not have a problem with just one testicle. For those who do feel some insecurity about their appearance, they might consider a testicular implant.
Defining the Testicular Implant
The typical testicular implant is a realistic looking ball made from silicone. It is made to closely matching the patient’s remaining testicle in shape, texture and weight. These implants come in a number of sizes. Looking at the implant more in depth, the shell of this fake testicle is made from silicone material and the inside is filled with a silicone-type gel which provides an approximate consistency.
Quite a few sources published have gone through the effects of what losing a testicle does to a man, in psychological terms. Those men who choose to have a testicular implant for cosmetic reasons have reported a higher confidence and self esteem as well as a more positive outlook on life.
Beneficiary of the Testicular Implant
Who really benefits from a testicular implant anyway? There is no particular age range or cut-off but rather each case is different. In fact, it is not just testicular cancer survivors who had a testicle removed that can benefit. Any man with testicular issues could benefit from the implant. Here are just a few of the many reasons why a testicular implant might be considered:
* Men who may have undescended testicles that never dropped during childhood.
* Men who may have experienced an accident with a testicle such as trauma or even some type of strangulation.
* Men who have small testicles that feels self-conscious about them or those whose testicles are not evenly matched.
* And of course, men who have had surgery to remove a testicle due to cancer.
Performing the Procedure of Implantation
The testicular implant surgery is not very complicated and typical takes under an hour, barring any complications. General anesthetic is common but just as often, a local anesthetic is used so you are still awake during the surgery. Inserting the implant requires that a surgeon make a small incision near the scrotal area, typically on the underside so as to try and hide any scarring.
Recovery from Implant Surgery
Testicular implant surgery usually does not involve an overnight hospital stay. In fact, as soon as the anesthetic wears off, doctors and nurses encourage patients to start walking and moving as this will prompt better healing.
While the patient may enjoy a pain-free status for hours, soon the anesthetic wears off and the surgical area will be quite sore. In fact, the patient can count on sensitivity to the area as well as soreness and swelling for at least a week. Doctors will often prescribe a pain reliever to help with the pain.
Men who undergo this implant surgery are encouraged to keep moving while convalescing at home. In addition, wearing some type of light athletic support works wonders in alleviating the pain and supporting the tender groin area at the same time. Of course, it is equally important to make all follow-up visits so that doctors can check the surgical site for any infection or complications.
While the testicular implant surgery is not necessary, it does do quite a bit in making a man feel more comfortable about his appearance. If his feelings of inadequacy or embarrassment affect his personal life, then surgery is the best option in clearing that up.