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I'm hoping someone out there may have some advice on testicular implant surgery. I had a testical removed in my mid teens due to a sports injury. After more than a decade of feeling inadequate, I decided to have a saline-filled implant. It's been 10 days since the surgery, and I think the doctor screwed up. It looks noticeably bigger than the other one, and i'm in real pain any time I have an erection (to the point that it wakes me up at night, and I have to pull really hard on the implant to move it away from the shaft and wait until the erection goes away. It feels like a knife wound along the length of the shaft when it's happening. I believe he sutured the implant way too high up and way too close to the shaft. He chose to insert it thru a cut just above my penis called an inguinal incision instead of directly into the scrotum itself. I found out that's where roughly 75% of incisions are typically done for this procedure mostly due to a preference from the surgeon. (it looks more like a tumor in the very upper portion of the left side of my scrotum) is this a normal location? He told me prior to surgery that I should tug on it to get it into normal position, but I don't really feel any "give" when I pull. I'm sure when I go see him, he won't admit there's anything wrong for fear of a lawsuit. I don't want to sue, I just want to feel and look normal again. Kinda worried now. Any advice out there? Anyone know of a doctor in texas with experience in testicular implants -- maybe that can advise me on correcting this?
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replied May 18th, 2004
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After a lot of surgeries things stay swollen for a while and that can make things look and feel different. If you're really uncomfortable go back to your doctor and get examined again..Or go to a different doctor for their opinion.


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replied May 30th, 2004
Hi t in texas, craig in london, uk here. I recently had a testicular implant and am going through the same concerns but my surgery was only 5 days ago so I am trying not to panic just yet.....How are you doing now? Any update, are things any more normal?
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replied February 15th, 2009
D. in Louisiana
I just had the silicone solid elastomer implant 2 days ago. Sounds exactly like T in Texas, but I don't feel pain with the erection. All these pain pills, I haven't really had an erection since before the surgery. Next erection I will be sure to notice any pain.
However, my implant does seem to be set too high and close and pokes out.
The Dr. did mention the implant will later shift. Maybe that means it won't stay the way it is now. I hope so because it doesn't seem natural. Also, the implant is much harder than the real thing.
I am going to give it some time. Hopefully things will shape up.
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replied February 23rd, 2009
Hi there
I had Soft solid implant from mentor / coloplast 2 years ago. I had the same experience - some pain, and it was so hard in touch, after more than a year it started to get softer, a great deel of patience is needed I think. Anybody with long term experience with soft-solid implant?
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replied November 27th, 2009
Testicular Implant (left) November 09 - Stretching
I had an impant inserted 2 weeks ago. My left was removed when I was a baby and now I'm 30. I didn't have much area in my scrotom on the left side, but it was inflated and stretched during the surgery. The implant is a little high, but it is sutured at the bottom of the scrotum. I was also asked to "yank" on it every day to get it to lower. Since nothing has been there for almost 30 years I need to get it to stretch down, just like my natural one has been doing for the last 30 years. There are devices that can also help with this. I bought a leather "belt" that goes at the top of your balls to stretch them out. I also bought a silver "ring" that you clamp on and tighten with an alen wrench. Sounds kind of scary, but the weight helps to strech it. It is working, slowly, but surely. I got the biggest sized implany, but my natural one is still bigger. (doctor said it was pretty large since it had been compensating for my lost one.) If I get it stretched properly I'd like to get a larger implant some day. Good luck everyone.
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replied January 22nd, 2010
Testicular implant
I just got one put in 3 days ago and I am NOT satisfied with it. The implant is too small, too hard, sits too high up and just doesnt seem or look natural AT ALL! My surgeon didnt inform me enough about it, so I just trusted that he'd have good judgement. Now after the fact, I'm finding out that I should have got a softer saline filled implant, although I dont even know what kind i currently go put in. I dont know what to do now. Any suggestions on what type of material is prefered in the implants?
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replied March 16th, 2010
How is everyone getting on? I am looking into this as my son who is 15 and lost a testicle when he was 2 would like an implant. The more information the better informed I can be in helping him make a decision. I have heard that the mentor soft-solid implant is quite realistic. could you give me your views, they would be much appreciated
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replied July 26th, 2010
testicular prosthesis
Hi all,I dont usually write a post but feel its my duty to inform those that are in my position and so sad to see so many have suffered the way I have,thought i was alone ,I had a saline filled implant mentor i think inserted 13 years ago attatched at the top onto my shaft (not nice at all) ,cant sit without discomfort cant sleep without discomfort ,its just crammed between my legs when it should float up or down with clothes /movement ect tried to have the problem addressed long ago but felt like i did not know all the facts and was in so much pain and discomfort I just could not face any more surgery that could go so wrong and just left it alone was just told to harden up it was all in my mind by my family and doctor and plastic surgeon, besides just kept hitting a brick wall with specialists telling me i didn't need it and have it removed if its causing that much trouble,but i was like Hello if it was done right it would have been worth it ! think it was the first one the plastic surgeon had done i was his test subject it seems,My advice is as follows...Use a Urologist NOT a plastic surgeon,incision in the scrotum NOT above in the crease,NOT attatched or sutured in any way ! just let it float. !!! soft sold implant without suture loop at all cant stress this enough and oblong implant not round,do this guys and aviod 13 years of hell,cheers and good luck.
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replied October 30th, 2010
I had an implant around 6 years ago and have never looked back. Mine isn't saline but solid and was inserted through the groin so didn't have to go through the scrotum. unapproved advertising spam around the same size as the real one and had no problems at all. Recovery time was quick and it hangs just like the other. I would recommend this procedure to anyone but sounds like its best to go through the groin rather than direct into the scrotum. Good luck everyone.
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replied November 25th, 2010
My implants I am now 26
I have a Adult XL Solid Silicone Elastomer implant and I am very happy with it, It is quite very natural to my original set, I am rather happy so far with it and mine was inserted through the scrotum, I used a surgicial Physician rather than a Plastic Surgicial Physician or a Urologist and I am very happy with the results, I had also seen a urologist as well.
At 26 I am quite content with how my package looks and it is very normal like looking.
I was advised for myself and my lady to play with them often, so that they hand and position correctly and remain that way.
Use a ball stretcher etc.
The Adult XL fills up my scortum as the original however does not hang low like I would like rather normal full looking scrotum rather than smaller lower hanging look.
It is a little harder than the original set however is quite similar in feeling considering.
The Saline filled ones were not quite as large as my normal natural size and I dod not want the saline ones, so I had to get a special ordered one as the Saline ones are the ones that they normally use.
The extra money is worth having a custom size to mimic your normal shape and size if available or the Solid Silicone Elastomer which is not as available in the USA as it should be could be done, a few Physicians have been approved to use the enhancements for adding size to the testicles if they have not been lost and a few out of the USA are very open minded to provide you with much better ones which are not available in the States.
I am very thankful I was able to get the natural size I had and the ones that are shaped more like my natural ones rather than just the regualr round ones.
Healing is rather well and the scrotum scars have quckly faded away.
If I had it to do again I would say I am very happy with the decision my lady and I made.
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replied November 25th, 2010
I would find a Urologist or Plastic Surgicial Physician or someone that would do an implants perhaps Adult Medium or Large would be the route to go, the Physician will measure the scrotum etc to see what size will fit the best.
I am 26 and I am very happy with mine, I had the Elastomer Silicone ones which are rather soft I had to have them because the Mentor Saline ones were a little smaller than my natural.
Because of his age you will need to go see his PCP or Family Dr to see if they can find a Physician that will treat him for this.
The Saline filled ones are very much like a testicle also and feel very similar to the version I have just a little diffrent shape and I think just a little softer feel.
Good luck you two..

jaay wrote:
How is everyone getting on? I am looking into this as my son who is 15 and lost a testicle when he was 2 would like an implant. The more information the better informed I can be in helping him make a decision. I have heard that the mentor soft-solid implant is quite realistic. could you give me your views, they would be much appreciated
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replied November 25th, 2010
Re: D. in Louisiana
That is the style of implants I have also.

DLouisiana wrote:
I just had the silicone solid elastomer implant 2 days ago. Sounds exactly like T in Texas, but I don't feel pain with the erection. All these pain pills, I haven't really had an erection since before the surgery. Next erection I will be sure to notice any pain.
However, my implant does seem to be set too high and close and pokes out.
The Dr. did mention the implant will later shift. Maybe that means it won't stay the way it is now. I hope so because it doesn't seem natural. Also, the implant is much harder than the real thing.
I am going to give it some time. Hopefully things will shape up.
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replied November 25th, 2010
I am 26 and had lost my testicles due to a sports injury then chronic orchitis.
I had the Silicone Elastomer implant installed and was wondering if it would hand low like my normal size, the mentor version did not have one in the Saline filled as large as my normal natural testicle size and I wanted something that was more solid so my Physician used the Elastomer Silicone rather than the one filled with the saline.
I still have some pain at times and I was wondering what I should be aware of in the future.I am currelty on 10% androgel also which puts my hormone levels at where they were at before I lost my testicle function due to the Atrophy caused by injury etc.
I look forward to any questions replies or anything that may be useful to know what I should expect in the future.As far as being in the locker room with other guys I know they will never know and that is also a reason I had chosen to have them.
I almost do not relize they are not my real ones as they as almost the same size just a little harder.My Physician said this model should be a lifetime one,the R one has not gone into place as well as the L one though. I am happy with the look even though slightly oversided I feel, I want to keep them and not go through that again
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replied November 25th, 2010
E in LA
Is there anyone who has had an implant/implants living in the LA area? I was wondering if I could see/feel the implants. I'm considering having an implant inserted. I would compensate you for your time.
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replied January 21st, 2012
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replied January 21st, 2011
I just had a saline testicular implant put in the left side 4 days ago and have one concern I can't find clearly answered in any forums. I was born with an undescended left testicle that atrophied over the last 10+ years, and on top of this, my scrotum is almost always tight. So my right testicle looked normal with a vacant spot on the left, until 5 days ago, that is. Now post surgery, the implant is kind of squeezed in super tight and rides up significatly higher. My question is: Has anyone had a similar situation and does the scrotum over time adjust and loosen up to give a more natural look. I'm keeping opptunistic for now.
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replied January 27th, 2011
me too. i just had a prosthesis exactly a week ago and it sits up a lot higher. is this something to worry about or will it drop further and further down over time????
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replied January 28th, 2011
It has been 10 days now, and since a great bulk of the swelling has gone down and I'm finding the implant is fairly small compared to my original right. But the only way to notice this is by a close up inspection. Overall, I'm still happy with the result. My urologist said the implant is tricky to suture and look natural, but he did a great job!.

As far as my previous concern about the scrotum loosening up due to no testicle for the last 31 years on the left-The left side loosened up and both real and fake testicles sit at about the same level. It's nice to see that indent between the two that I never got to see growing up.

One last new concern is the same as T in Texas had about pain w/erections. At 10 days post op, I'm dealing with this now, but considering a testicle was removed and this area is still a little swollen, I am sure it will go away.
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replied March 1st, 2011
I had a prosthetic testicle inserted 4 days ago. Mine was inserted through the scrotom through a scar that runs along the bottom to the outside. I am recovering well, with no discomfort other than irritation of the incision.

Mine seems to sit right and looks realistic at this point. However, after all the research and discussion about how the prosthesis looks and feels like a real testicle, I am disappointed in how hard and egg shaped mine is. I just got off the phone with the Mfg (Coloplast) and had a good converstion. I guess FDA declined the XL that many of us need. It is worldwide approved but not in the US yet. Those of us that lost a testicle very young have grown to almost 1.5 times normal size and the current "large" does not match us. Unfortunately I think my physician over filled my prosthesis to get it bigger, it is almost like a chocolate easter egg in my scrotum. Guess I'll give it some time and hope it softens up. I would hate for my partner to feel like they are playing with something fake. Long term, let's keep our fingers crossed that Coloplast can get the XL approved for the USA.

I would do this again, but I would tell my physician that I prefer it a bit smaller and soft, than large and hard.

P.s. the XL is gell filled and is softer than the saline.
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replied March 27th, 2011
It is a solid Silicone Elastomer and I am very happy with mine, aged early 20's and had lost both of them due to injury and chronic orchitis, I am on Testosterone gel and very happy with the results of the XL implants they are very much similar to my original sized.
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replied March 5th, 2011
I too have had the same problem as Vladimir79. After 25 years without a left testicle the scrotum is very tight after my implant, it rides up and sits close to my body. I look generally "lop-sided" as my natural side hangs low and the skin is loose and the new side is tight and high -- my doctor never went into this being a possible issue, I guess I should have has this done when I was younger. My advice, if you are getting this after many years of missing a testicle, make sure you ask about this issue.

Anyway, it has only been 3 days and hopefully I see better results after 10 days like Vladimir79. I will post again in a few weeks. Maybe stretch exercises are needed? I am going to call my Urologist first thing Monday.
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