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Testicular implants, best size?

Dr. Reed,

Is there a standard size for testicular implants.  Do I have a choice?

Humberto

Dear Humberto,

There are conventional sizes, usually between 1 3/4″ long and 2 1/4″ long.  This would approach the normal size range.  If you have an atrophied testis the one on the other size is fairly normal, you may want your implant to be exactly the same size.  As a rule, the width is 80% of the height.

I have seen a patient order 3 1/2″ long and tried talking him out of it, only for him to come to the realization when he saw the implants in a clear sterile wrap that he indeed had over-ordered.  A very large size will dwarfs your penis.  Of course this is an optical illusion, but that’s the way it looks.

Also if you select a length too large, think if the scrotum is an inflexible hammock.  The implants start at the inferior margin of  your scrotum.  If overfly long, they’ll ride up along side your penile shaft and interfere with pentation  No fun.

At most go with a little larger if that’s what you want but don’t be silly.   For unusual sizes there may be a mold charge, but if they have the mold, there is no or very little extra charge.

Hoping this is of help,

Harold M. Reed, M.D.

 

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