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Himplant Aftercare: Post-Op Instructions to Ensure a Speedy Recovery

Post- Operative Instructions from Dr. Tajkarimi

We ask that you carefully review this postoperative protocol to ensure a speedy recovery after you receive this FDA-cleared aesthetic penile implant. The points are broken out between what to do/expect immediately after the procedure, the next 6-8 weeks, and the next 6-12 months.

Please note that office visits are required for at least the first 3 or 4 days after the Himplant surgery (potentially more based on your individual circumstances), so please schedule your postoperative office visit with our staff. Routine follow-up consultations are also highly recommended and will be discussed with the medical staff. Post-surgical care is critically important for preventing and reducing potential postoperative complications and maximizing the likelihood of positive Himplant results.

It is important to email progress pictures ([email protected]) at least every two weeks for the first six weeks to report progress. After that, monthly email updates are sufficient. This is your responsibility, and failure to do so is considered non-compliance with medical advice and can be detrimental to the recovery process. Most complications can be mitigated with compliance with the following instructions.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (703) 678-3601. Please try to organize all your questions and be as specific as possible so that we can address all of your questions effectively. In case of a medical emergency, do not call the office. Instead, please call 911.

Avoid the Following After Himplant Surgery

What to Expect Immediately After the Himplant Penile Implant Procedure

After your Himplant procedure, please eat a light meal (steamed fish, salad, etc.) Please drink plenty of water and juice. You may be constipated immediately after the surgery due to the anesthesia. Therefore, soft bowel movement is important. Salads and generous amounts of olive oil can stimulate soft bowel movement. If you do not have a bowel movement by the second day after your procedure, please contact Dr. Tajkarimi or staff for further instructions.

After surgery, you may experience a decreased appetite. Your appetite should return to normal in a few days; however, for the time being, you must resume eating. Therefore, please eat light foods such as soup, salads, or fruits.

While urinating the first few times after surgery, you may experience a burning/stinging sensation. This is normal and is due to the antibiotics used during surgery. As you urinate, the burning will gradually decrease. After surgery, your penis will be wrapped with gauze to prevent swelling and bleeding. This wrap may cause your urine stream to be split or become weak, causing dripping. This is normal and should not be a concern.

Your normal urinary stream will resume after the removal of the wrap. Your penis must be wrapped for 24-72 hours after surgery. Please do not unwrap it for any reason unless the dressing is too tight for you and causing swelling of the head of your penis. Dr. Tajkarimi or a member of his staff will replace the wrapping around your penis with a medical sleeve called Tubigrip or Uro-Wrap, which must be kept on your penis 6 hours on/6 hours off after surgery for the first 3-4 weeks.

Note: Dr. Tajkarimi will give you an initial supply of Tubigrip or TUBI-HEAL when the drain is removed. However, you will need to order at least one box to have a supply for the next 6 to 8 weeks. You can order TUBI-HEAL (one size) from eBay and Tubigrip (size A only) from Amazon.

Antibiotics and Other Medications to Take After Penis Enlargement Surgery

Begin taking your prescribed antibiotics as instructed following your surgical procedure to avoid surgical site infection. You may also begin taking your pain medication if needed. If you experience nausea or feel sick after taking your medications, try taking them with food. If you notice unusual itching or redness on your skin after taking your medications, it is most likely due to a reaction to one of your antibiotics. Discontinue taking them and notify Dr. Tajkarimi’s medical staff member immediately. Please be sure you have provided Dr. Tajkarimi and the staff with a list of any other medications you may have been taking before the procedure (whether prescribed or over-the-counter). Dr. Tajkarimi must approve using any of these medications before resuming their use.

Some medications may not be combined with post-operative medications. For example, some patients may need Nitrobid ointment/cream. However, Nitrobid cannot be used if a patient takes PDE5 Inhibitors such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, etc. Therefore, you must inform the medical staff of current medications/allergies.

Due to the nature of the surgery, nighttime erections (typically every 90 minutes while you are asleep) might feel uncomfortable during the first few weeks after surgery. If nighttime erections are frequent and painful, use the medications provided. You can try Nyquil or CBD oil to improve sleep and reduce the force of erections.

About your Drain After Himplant Surgery

After your procedure, you will notice a small tube and a clear collection bulb coming from your lower abdomen. This is called a JP drain, and its purpose is to allow for antibiotic fluid around the implant to exit your body in the following days. It will be removed during your final follow-up visit, generally taking place 3-4 days (and sometimes more) after your procedure. You must keep the JP drain activated as long as you have it.

Instructions and pictures for activating the drain have been provided in the instruction packet. Please let us know if you have any questions.

When the fluid level of the drain reaches the halfway mark, you will need to empty the drain bulb.

To drain and reactivate:

You may notice the color of the fluid within the bulb is red. This is normal. Do not shower, bathe, or expose your body to open pools of water for the entire time the JP drain is with you. Sponge baths are allowed while you have the drain, and you may wash your hair or face; however, the area of the surgery and the area around the drain must remain dry until your drain is removed.

After the Drain is Removed

The drain will be removed approximately 3 to 4 days after your penis implant procedure (individual circumstances vary). We typically remove the drain if the output is less than 25 ml per 24 hours. Ideally, the drain should be light pink and not bloody before removal. When the JP drain is removed, the drain hole in your abdomen will be closed with sterile strips and covered with gauze. You can remove this gauze in 72 hours.
After the drain has been removed, you may shower after 24 hours, but follow these guidelines:

Himplant Aftercare Instructions for Staple Removal

Staples are made of stainless steel wire and provide strength for wound closure. The wound location sometimes restricts their use because the staples must be far enough away from organs and structures. The aesthetic outcome may not be as desirable as a suture line, but staples are strong, quick to insert, and simple to remove. Removal of staples requires a staple extractor. Scrutinize the wound. If you notice redness or any signs of opening, do not remove staples and send pictures to Dr. Tajkarimi or staff. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and clean your scrotum incision with alcohol wipes. Open the staple removal kit provided. Then, carefully engage each staple, as seen in this picture. You can also watch many helpful YouTube videos on removing surgical staples. If you cannot remove them, contact your physician or come to our clinic.
Please remove staples 14 days after your surgery. Wash your hands with soap and water and clean the skin with alcohol pads before removing staples. Cover the incision after removing staples with a silicone band-aid. Do not use a hot tub, Jacuzzi, sauna (wet or dry), or Whirlpool bath or submerge yourself in any body of water until you have been cleared to do so by the medical staff (typically six (6) to eight (8) weeks after the procedure). For the next 3-4 weeks after the drain is removed (per the surgeon’s instructions), please wear the Tubigrip® or Uro-Wrap®, 6 hours on and 6 hours off.

Skin Care Following Himplant Surgery

Your skin is the primary and most important barrier against infections, protecting the body from dangerous invaders such as bacteria. Keep the skin well hydrated to prevent it from drying out. Use a non-scented, hypoallergenic, vitamin-rich (Vitamins A and D) lotion/cream (ask your pharmacist) to hydrate the skin. You may also use Vaseline.


Do Not Shave your pubic/genital area using a razor or blade (Trimming is acceptable). Watch for any unusual appearances. Immediately report skin irritation, swelling, redness, etc., to your physician after the Himplant by Penuma procedure. You can generally prevent most skin yeast infections (candida) by keeping your skin clean and dry (again, do not use a blow dryer) and following a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition. The affected area must be kept clean, dry, and protected from chafing. Exposure to air is also helpful. People with diabetes need to keep their blood sugar under tight control.

Sexual Activity After Himplant Procedure

You must refrain from all forms of sexual activity (including oral, vaginal, anal, and masturbation) after the procedure until given clearance by Dr. Tajkarimi. This clearance typically takes place 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure, but individual circumstances may vary.

After you get approval for sexual activity, please use a condom and wash yourself with antibacterial soap and water after engaging in sexual activity for the first 6 to 8 weeks of sexual activity. Observe the penis for the first few months and immediately report any unusual findings (redness, soreness, swelling, inflammation, etc.) to Dr. Tajkarimi and his staff.

Important: Even after you are cleared for sexual activity, you must exercise great care when engaging in sexual activity. Do not engage in any risky or strenuous sexual activity! You may also need to use a lubricant to minimize strain on the penis.

Physical Exercise After Himplant

Do not engage in heavy lifting or strenuous activity until you receive clearance from the medical staff (typically 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure). The first week after the drain has been removed is a time for relaxation, rest, recovery, and letting the incision heal.

Light upper body exercises can resume upon clearance by Dr.Tajkarimi. This typically occurs 4 weeks after the procedure, but individual circumstances may vary. Light lower body exercises can continue upon clearance by Dr. Tajkarimi. This typically occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure, but individual circumstances may vary.

Regular exercise routines can resume upon clearance by Dr. Tajkarimi. This normally takes place 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure, but individual circumstances may vary.

Even after clearance, please continue to wear Tubigrip® or UroWrap® during any strenuous activity for up to 6 months.

Sleep and Clothes

You should sleep on your back as much as possible for at least the first 6 to 8 weeks following surgery. Wear loose, comfortable clothing such as loose boxer shorts and sweatpants as much as possible.

We would like you to allow the penis to hang down in loose boxer shorts for at least 6 to 8 weeks. Your scrotal support (jock strap) is like underwear and should be worn for 3 to 4 days after the procedure, including during your flight home, if applicable.

If you need to go to the bathroom, you can lower and raise it just like regular underwear. Please note that your penis should protrude out of your scrotal support (jock strap) through the hole which the surgeon made.

Swelling, Bleeding, and the Incision Post Himplant

After the surgery, the incision area needs to heal. Over the following approximately 3 weeks, as the new tissue grows, you may notice temporary “lumps and bumps” underneath the incision line, which typically dissolve over time. Every surgery can result in swelling, bruising, and pain. You may see minimal bleeding and blood spotting on the incision line of your suprapubic area. This is normal and expected.

Please consult with Dr. Tajkarimi if the incision line is not improving and/or worsening. You may experience some swelling and/or bruising of the penile shaft, scrotum, and lower abdomen for approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. This is normal and typically goes away after a short time.

To minimize swelling, you may elevate the scrotum and penis with a towel between your legs. Do not apply ice or heat! A temporary increase or decrease in sensation after your surgery may be experienced. This is likely due to the stretching of the skin after implant placement, and it typically returns to normal in the coming weeks or months.

Please be patient with your body as it stretches to accommodate the implant. After the surgery, your penis may temporarily feel as though it is in a semi-erect state due to the penile skin expansion. This is normal. As your body adjusts to the new implant, it will become softer, and your penis will resume its flaccid state.

6+ Months After the Himplant Procedure

Potential changes to the erect length, if any, are unpredictable and depend on individual anatomy and physiology. Please be patient with this process. Please do not use any form of stretching or stretching exercises/external devices. This will damage your implant and may cause serious complications.

Discharge Instructions: Caring for Your Jackson-Pratt Drainage Tube

Your doctor discharges you with a Jackson-Pratt drainage tube. Doctors commonly leave this drain within the abdomen and other cavities after surgery. It helps drain and collect blood and body fluid after surgery. This can prevent swelling and reduce the risk of infection. The tube is held in place by a few stitches and is covered with a bandage. Your doctor will remove the drain when they determine you no longer need it.

Home Care for JP Drainage Tube

Follow-Up Care

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

When To Call Your Healthcare Provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
StayWell last reviewed this educational content on 13/10/2023

Final Notes on Surgical Aftercare

Please use our texting system to give updates. As always, if there is an urgent issue, please contact the office immediately using the same number (703) 687-3601. Please keep in mind that Dr. Tajkarimi is currently one of the few surgeons performing this type of patented penile implant surgery. Therefore, please direct all inquiries to your surgeon’s medical staff.

If you consult with a medical professional untrained in this procedure, this will be against medical advice and may nullify any warranty you may have. Dr. Tajkarimi and his staff have the experience to guide you through exercises, questions, and possible complications. Therefore, all questions and concerns should only be directed to Dr. Tajkarimi or staff.

Avoid seeking answers online, as most comments and answers lack a scientific basis and may cause harm. If, for some reason, you need to see your local doctor, please let us know so that we may advise the doctor on proper procedures.

In case of a medical emergency, do not call the office! Please call 911!


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