Peyronie's Disease Post-Operative Instructions

Patients who have undergone surgery for Peyronie's disease recover quickly, although swelling may persist for up to a few weeks. Pain should improve within the first week.

We recommend the following to aid in the healing process:

An ice pack may be used to limit swelling in the first 48 hours. Be sure not to leave ice in direct contact with the skin for much time.

Contact your urologic surgeon if the swelling is severe (larger than a big orange) or if you are draining a large amount of fluid (soaking several pads per day).

Scrotal support in the form of a jock strap or tight underwear will help limit swelling.

Add two or three gauze pads to the surgical site during the first few days to aid the healing process and limit staining from drainage.

You may begin to shower between 48 and 72 hours after your Peyronie's disease surgery. Allow the water to wash over the incision but do not scrub the incision. Tub baths are not recommended in the first 7 days after surgery. Swimming should be avoided during the first week after surgery. Sitz baths are useful to decrease swelling and discomfort beginning about 7 days after surgery.

Your stiches will dissolve and do not need to be removed.

You will be sent home with a few days’ pain medication. After 48 hours, patients should be able to take extra strength Tylenol or ibuprofen for the pain.

For the first couple days after surgery, stick to light activities around the house. Patients with skin grafts may not be able to engage in much activity for 1-2 weeks. Wear some form of scrotal support (jock strap or tight underwear) for a week and limit vigorous activity for two weeks after surgery. You may return to work once you are comfortable, but avoid lifting anything above 20 pounds, or extended periods of walking or running. Ask your urologic surgeon about any other restrictions for your case prior to leaving the hospital.

Depending on your type of surgery for Peyronie's disease, patients will need to wait until the swelling has subsided to engage in any sexual activity. Ask your surgeon for more details regarding resuming sexual activity.


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