those of you who have read my previous posts in this thread will know that I had to have the implant removed due to infection. I had treated the infection with antibiotics for several weeks and made sure that the area was clean, using a disinfecting agent. Due to the fact that I could get no time off work (I had already taken my entire annual leave and needed to work up some free days) I was unable to come to Dr Elist's office for several months. The result of the lack of treatment was that the out-of-place implant had eventually perforated the skin just behind the head of the penis on top. Dr Elist told me on the phone to clean the opening with an antiseptic and wrap it every day until I would be able to see him in order to prevent a general infection. He told me not to worry, even after he has seen the pictures I sent him. Anyhow, I finally came to the States and to Dr Elist this week and the surgery took place on Wednesday. I must say that my experience differs significantly from what mustang2020 went through with the removal of his implant.
But let me backtrack a little: First, allow me to say that I am financially broke. I took my humble savings and an additional loan of €6000 from my best friend in February of last year in order to come to the US and have the implant inserted. At that point I asked Dr. Elist about possible complications due to silicone being a foreign body and he told me quite honestly that, while every attempt is made to minimise the risk of infection, he could give no guarantee that it would never get infected. If rejected, it would have to be removed. I told him that it would be financially impossible for me to come back to the States and pay for the removal if that were to become necessary. At that point he told me that I needn't worry about that and that he would provide any aftercare necessary for his patients. He must have made a note about this in my patient file, because when I came back to his office on Wednesday to have him examine me in preparation for the removal he told me that he would even help me with my airfare (I received another €1000 load from my best friend to pay for the flight, the hotel, and the medication). Needless to say, I am very relieved now because I already saw myself being in a debt hole that I simply would never get out of. But now, I will be able to pay my friend back some of the money rather soon. Previously on the phone, Dr Elist had told me that he would remove the implant free of charge.
During the examination on Wednesday, he drew some blood for the lab and took a good look at my penis and agreed that the implant should be removed. He told me that I would permanently retain quite a bit of girth due to the capsule formation, which was significant, but that I needed to do manual exercise in order to regain my length. And I needed to be patient. He would give me the devices I needed for this. Getting the length back would take a few months and much dedication on my part. I believed him and could accept what he said. I read mustang2020's post regarding the girth that remained after his implant removal and I had no reason to doubt that I would retain most of my girth as well.
Thus, I took a stroll to the surgery centre, put my gown on and was taken into the prep room. The nurse, and very sweet Egyptian lady who could have been my mother, was the most comforting person ever. While she prepared me for surgery, a fellow on the other side of the curtain, who had just received his implant, was waking up from his surgery. Another bloke was currently in the operating room, getting his implant inserted. When this patient was finished, it was my turn for surgery. I was given all kinds of sedatives by the anesthesiologist, who was very calm and told me not to worry about anything, and before I knew it I was out. I woke up with Nurse Egypt by my side, who told me that all went well and that Dr Elist would come back once I was more awake to take me to his office. There, I could rest a bit more, drink some water and eat a few biscuits, and then take a cab to the hotel once I was fully awake and alert.
When Dr Elist arrived, he expained to me that he did not have to re-open my original surgical scar in the pubic area, but that he was able to remove the implant through the area where it had perforated the skin. This way, he did not need to make any further incisions and he only needed to stitch the area around my penis head after the removal, which now kind of looks like a circumcision scar. This would minimise the pain, any additional scar tissue and my recuperation time.
Mind you, my intentions to have PE surgery may differ from yours. I did not have an average size penis, looking for a porn-star version, but I had a small penis, both in length and girth, looking for a normal size version with which I could make my wife happy. With the implant, I had exactly what I was looking for and I was also very impressed with how it looked. And during sex it was excellent, because it was the first time in my life that I could get my wife to have an orgasm from normal sex. Had the implant not become infected, I would have never opted to have it removed. However, the odds were against me and it needed to be removed. At least the girth is still good and I am seriously hoping that I can still satisfy my wife. I will let you know in about two weeks, when I will finally be allowed to have sex again. Of course, I will do any exercise suggested by Dr Elist in order to get my length back. I will update you regarding my progress.
Some of you have suggested that I look into PMMA in the future. To be honest, if my girth stays the size it is now, I have no need to go for further treatment. Furthermore, I keep asking myself the question why PMMA is not approved for penis enlargement in the EU and the US. I am not familiar with the medical standards in other countries. This and the fact that it would be very difficult to remove PMMA if something went wrong (there are no long-term results yet) would prevent me personally from even considering this type of treatment at this time. Nonetheless, I want to congratulate all of you who have done this surgery and who are happy with the results. However, regarding my own girth, I already have the best of both worlds: a permanently normal size penis and no foreign material inside of me. I will keep you posted with regards to gaining my length back.
I want to thank all of you for your support over the last few months. This has been quite a journey and it is still not over. It is good to know that there are non-judgmental, like-minded men in this forum, who really care. Thank you. Please know that I am here for you as well.