When most people hear the phrase “male reconstructive surgery,” they most likely think it means gender reassignment. While this may be true in some instances, male reconstructive surgery is also necessary for serious injuries in men that have resulted in major changes to groin appearance, physiology, and function. This is a common procedure in the urology field, and can substantially change a man’s life for the better when performed successfully. Read more below.
What Is Male Reconstructive Surgery?
Male reconstructive surgery is a procedure in which urologists reconstruct or rebuild a penis and surrounding structures. This procedure is also called male genitourinary reconstruction or penile reconstruction. Sometimes after injury, men are not able to urinate or engage in sexual activity in ways they were able to before injury or illness. This procedure works to correct these issues.
When Is Male Reconstructive Surgery Recommended?
Reconstructive surgery is typically used as a way of restoring the groin area to its former state when the patient has suffered injury or a negative effect from illness. This may result from:
- A sexually transmitted disease
- Congenital defects
- A violent or traumatic injury to the groin area
- Urethritis, or repeated swelling or inflammation in the urethra
- Medical afflictions such as cancer
- Procedures that involve placing a tube up the urethra, or
- An enlarged prostate
What Are Its Benefits and How Well Does It Work?
Male reconstructive surgery works quite well. It typically has high success rates and results in good patient outcomes, giving many men the use of their penises and related structures that they had lost due to injury or illness. Men who undergo the surgery are likely to experience increased sensation and increased ability to engage in sexual activity.
If you are considering this surgery, it’s crucial you seek out a qualified urologist to perform the procedure. This gives you the best possible chances of restoring as much function as possible to the area, and of suffering the fewest possible complications. If you’re interested in learning more about a cutting-edge urologists who can help, make an appointment with Dr. Kristi Hebert today.