POST-OP SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS
General Instructions for all Surgical Repairs
You should expect plenty of swelling, bruising, and bleeding after surgery. This is normal, and will lessen each day as healing continues. Penis skin is thin and sensitive, so wounds often look more severe than they feel.
Coming out of surgery, you will see a pad of gauze covered in tegaderm, which is a clear sheet of adhesive. There is no rule about how long bandages must remain on. Sometimes they will fall off on their own on day 2, and sometimes they won't start coming off until you can bathe on day 5.
Patients may have stitches beneath the skin, these are dissolvable and will go away on their own. Any stitches that need to be removed will be blue and easy to see, and will be there to hold a catheter or pressure bandage on.
Patients can bathe on the 5th day after surgery. Surgery day is day 1. On day five, he can bathe in warm, soapy water. Soaking will feel good and help with the healing process. Before then, use wipes or sponge bathing to stay clean and comfortable. If the patient has a catheter, it is okay to be submerged in the bath.
For the first 2 weeks after surgery, avoid sports, swimming, straddle toys, bicycles, and anything that puts the weight bearing on the surgical site.
Adult patients will ideally be on bed rest for 72 hours, but 48 hours is okay. Adults should avoid any strenuous activity including exercise, lifting, or walking more than necessary for two weeks. No sexual activity for 6 weeks.
For repair-specific post-op instructions, please reference the surgical breakdowns below!
Phalloplasty (1 stage)
Distal TIP Repair (1 stage)
If surgery is split into 3 different surgeries:
- Surgery 3: will be tubularizing the skin graft (not the penis!) so that the opening is at the tip.