The primary airport which services Baltimore is Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
It is important that at 12:00 midnight before surgery, patients do not eat or drink anything, not even coffee or water. This includes the morning of the surgery.
All medications can be taken with a sip of water.
Plan on arriving at the facility an hour before your planned surgery start time.
The Same Day Surgery area is located on the 2nd Floor of the Main Hospital, right off of the Rotunda elevators. You can check in at the front desk.
Please refrain from taking aspirin for one week leading up to the surgery date. This includes Ecotrin, Anacin, Bufferin, and Advil. You can take Tylenol for pain or headaches.
You will not be able to drive home the same day as the procedure, due to rules governing anesthesia. Therefore, you will need to make arrangements for someone to escort you home or back to the hotel if you leave the day of the procedure.
Many patients stay for 23 hours- in this case, it is still preferable to have someone drive you home, but in some cases you will be able to drive yourself.
After this procedure, it is common for bruising and swelling to occur. It is extremely important for 48-72 hours to keep your scrotum elevated, and stay in a flat or reclined position.
Activity should be kept to a minimum. On the third day after surgery, you can begin light activity, and increase movement as you improve. You can return to work as soon as you’re ready, but it is recommended to return 1-2 weeks after the procedure.
A certain amount of fluid remains in the cylinders at all times. This is to prevent formation of scarring on a completely deflated cylinder. It is therefore normal for patients to feel that a partial or full erection is present during this post-operative period. As swelling subsides, stretching of the penis will occur and the penis will eventually return to a more flaccid (soft) state.
You can shower the day after the procedure, and just towel dry the area of the incision.
All sutures are dissolvable; there is nothing that you need to have removed.
There are no diet restrictions after the procedure.
Upon discharge, you will receive several prescriptions.
-One of these is a pain medication, which should be taken to provide comfort. It is not uncommon for pain to increase somewhat for 3-5 days after the procedure as your activity level increases.
-An antibiotic will also be given, with instructions on how to take it given to you as well. This is usually taken for 1 week.
You will typically a follow up appointment if you live within a reasonable distance of the medical center. This will be at about 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure, to “activate” your device, and make sure it works and teach you how to use it. Connie at 410.328.6087 can set up this appointment.
If you are from out of town and cannot reasonably make it to these appointments (this is very common), we have a process in place. I will typically speak to you at the 1-2 week point, or more often if necessary, to check in on your progress. Then, at the 4 week point, I can walk you through the use of the device, or find someone locally to see you and teach you to use the device. I am always available here in Baltimore if you would like to return for device teaching or follow up.