Partial penectomy is surgery to remove part of the penis.
A section of skin may be taken from another area of the body such as the thigh to replace some of the tissue which has been removed (skin graft).
It is very important that men and their partners discuss this surgery with their specialist health team to ensure that they know exactly what to expect with regard to the appearance of the penis afterwards.
Painkillers will be given on a regular basis.It is important that painkillers are taken regularly as prescribed and not just when pain is felt.
The penis will have a surgical dressing covering it.This will usually be removed after 2 – 3 days.
Once it is removed men should be able to have a shower, providing that they have not had a skin graft, they should pat the area dry with a clean towel or gauze and avoid any material that may leave fibres.
If a skin graft has been used a waterproof dressing will be left in place usually for 2 weeks. Men will not need to stay in hospital for this time as care of the dressings can be managed by a community nurse.
Any stitches will be dissolvable but may take 4 – 6 weeks to fully dissolve.
Men will have a urinary catheter (urine drainage tube) which may need to remainfor up to 5 days. If men do not have a catheter in when theyare discharged from hospital it is they avoid holding the operation site on their penis when they pass urine.
It can be hard to prepare for surgery emotionally, and men can ask their specialist team about counselling or call the Orchid helpline. You could also read the personal stories of some of the men who have recovered from penile cancer surgery.