Can A Too Small Testicle Implant Be Replaced With A Bigger One?
Q: Dr. Eppley, A few weeks ago I had a saline filled testicular implant. While the surgery went successfully, I am very unhappy because the size is about half the size of my opposite natural testicle. I saw on your website that you use a silicone implant that is more customizable, would it be an option that I could have the implant changed? Also I live in California, but would be willing to travel to you if it was practical, whats generally the amount of visits and time between consult and surgery with this type of procedure?
A: Provided your scrotal skin can stretch to accommodate a larger size, I see no reason that an immediate or delayed implant exchange can not be done. It would be important to know what the size of the opposite testicle is by measurements as perhaps the current problem is because no specific sizing method was done. But your original implant efforts are not lost as, at the least, it has served to stretch out the scrotal skin.
While it is true that silicone testicle implants can be custom carved that is not usually necessary. With the largest silicone testicle implant being of the dimensions of 4.5 x 3.0 cms in size, that would be big enough for just about any man.
The surgery can simply be planned from afar. I would just need to know the current size (volume filled) of your current testicle implant. You could just come in for the surgery and any followup ‘visits’ would be done by Skype or email. For far away patients I have to be very practical about the patient’s travel issues. There is nothing one can not show me on a picture or Skype that would be unclear to me.
Dr. Barry Eppley
A detailed description and pictures of your concerns allows for the most informed response.