Penile implant surgery is a highly specialized field in urology requiring extensive training and education, but the fact of the matter is that not all surgeons are equal. As with any specialized procedure, there are several questions any prospective patients should consider before making their decision – not doing so might mean the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful surgery.
How often does the surgeon perform penile implant surgery?
Ideally, any surgeon should have a high level of comfort and familiarity with the procedure they’re performing. That being the case, some surgeons are significantly more experienced than others, or focus on a specific type of procedure – Dr. Perito, for example, performs more than 500 penile implant surgeries per year. Be sure that the surgeon you choose has adequate experience.
Is the surgeon a member of any related associations or professional organizations?
Urologic surgeons who are well respected within their fields are typically members of various organizations, such as the American Urological Association, the American College of Surgeons, or the Sexual Medicine Society. Is the surgeon you’re considering a thought leader in their field? The respect of their peers can be a good indicator of a surgeon’s overall skill and fund of knowledge.
How are the facilities where the procedure will take place?
The facility where penile implant surgery is taking place is an important consideration when choosing a surgeon. Is the center well reviewed? How is the support staff? How proficient is the department in your intake and discharge?
While penile implant surgery is a well-supported procedure with high success and satisfaction rates, it’s still important to do your homework. Having the right surgeon can be instrumental to restoring and maintaining your sexual health and lifestyle.