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When can I masturbate after having surgery on my genitals?

Fortunately, most males never have to have surgery performed on the penis or other sexual organs. When it is necessary, males are often reluctant to ask the question that is most on their mind during the whole process: When can I masturbate again?

At every stage in the process, doctors and nurses ask patients if they have any questions. That is a very good time to ask the doctor or nurse how long you should have to go without masturbating.

Never be afraid to tell the doctor that you masturbate. The doctor masturbates too.

The best thing to do is abstain from all masturbation and other sexual activity until the follow-up appointment after your surgery. Then you can ask the doctor how long, if any, you have to continue abstaining from masturbation.

If you masturbate when the doctor has instructed you not to, it could delay your healing and disrupt surgical structures (sutures, stitches, etc.) that may have been put in place. Therefore, if you're not sure whether it's OK to masturbate or not after surgery, it's always a good idea not to, at least until you can get clearer instructions from your doctor.

I asked an authority on urology, Stephen Leslie MD of Creighton University Medical Center, and he said

Obviously it depends on the nature of the urological procedure. We don't want to encourage erections just after circumcisions as they place too great a strain on the new incision line. Kidney surgery and scrotal surgery make little difference as far as masturbation or erections are concerned and prostate/bladder surgery are somewhere in between. Also, each surgeon will have their own preferences and there is no "standard" guideline so it's mostly opinion. In other words, there is no general guideline.

I usually ask my circumcision patients to avoid any sexual activity for 6 weeks if possible to give the suture line the maximum time to heal. Other procedures will vary.



Source: Wikimedia Commons

These are the instructions for patients undergoing various surgical procedures, found on the web site of John J. Bauer, M.D., F.A.C.S., a urologist in private practice in Flint, Michigan. www.flinturology.com. They should not be taken to replace any instructions given by your own doctor. Please note that many of them say, "no sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."

  • Bladder
    • Open cases
      • augmentation cystoplasty - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
      • Radical Cystectomy, Continent Diversion - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
      • Radical Cystectomy, Ileal Conduit - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
      • Radical Cystectomy, Neobladder - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
      • Partial Cystectomy - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
      • Diverticulectomy - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
      • Open Cystotomy - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
      • Vesicoenteric Fistula Repair - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
    • Endoscopic cases
      • Cystoscopy Under Anesthesia - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. "
      • Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. "
      • Cystolithalopaxy - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. "
      • Trocar Suprapubic Tube - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. "
      • Bladder Neck Ablation - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. "
      • Hydrodilation of the Bladder - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. "
  • Penis
    • Ablation/ Biopsy of Penile Lesion - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor. "
    • Adult Circumcision - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor. "
    • Ambicor Inflatable Penile Prosthesis - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
    • AMS Inflatable 3-Piece Penile Prosthesis - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
    • Malleable Penile Prosthesis - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery. "
    • Glansplasty - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor. "
    • Nesbitt Tucks for Curvatures - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
  • Scrotum
    • Adult Hydroceolectomy - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • MESA/ TSA/ Testis Biopsy - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the
    • doctor."
    • Bilateral Simple Orchiectomy - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Bilateral Subcapsular Orchiectomy - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Epididymectomy - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Scrotal Exploration for Torsion - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Spermatoceolectomy - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Subinginal Varicoceole Ligation - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Vasectomy - "You may perform all other usual activities after 24 hours. "
    • Vasovasostomy/Vasoepididymostomy - "Do not ejaculate for four (4) weeks after the surgery. "
    • Radical Orchiectomy - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
    • Spermatic Cord Lysis (Skeletonization) - "No sexual activity for 1 week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor; No sexual activity until you have seen the doctor."
  • Urethra
    • Open cases
      • Artifical Urinary Sphincter (AUS-800)- "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
      • Fistulectomy- GU Tract - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
      • Male Sling - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
      • On-Lay Urethroplasty - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
      • Open Urethroplasty - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
      • Urethral Diverticulectomy - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
    • Endoscopic cases
      • Cysto-Bulking Agent Injection - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
      • Direct Vision Internal Urethrotomy - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
      • Laser Urethrotomy - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."
      • Urolume Stent Placement - "No sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery."

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