An orchiectomy is a surgical procedure to remove one or both testicles. Providers use this procedure to treat and prevent testicular cancer as well as treat male breast cancer and prostate cancer. Transgender women may choose to have an orchiectomy when transitioning from male to female.
What is a unilateral orchiectomy?
Having a unilateral orchiectomy (one testicle removed) does not normally affect the testosterone level in the body on a long-term basis, provided the other testicle is healthy and working properly.
What happens after an orchiectomy?
If both your testicles were removed, you may start to notice changes in your body several weeks after surgery due to not having male hormones. The most obvious changes may be hot flashes and sweating. You may lose your sex drive, gain weight, or not be able to get an erection. These changes can be upsetting.
Is orchiectomy painful?
There are several things you should be aware of following orchiectomy, the medical term for surgery to remove a testis. Most men will have discomfort requiring pain medicine for 1-2 weeks. After this time, the pain usually diminishes considerably, although there may be certain times of day when discomfort is worse.
How long does an orchiectomy surgery take?
The procedure will take 30 to 60 minutes. Before surgery begins, your doctor will use local anesthesia to numb the area or general anesthesia to make you fall asleep so you don’t feel anything. A surgeon will then make an incision in the middle of the scrotum.
Can you lose a testicle inside you?
Signs and symptoms of a retractile testicle include: The testicle may be moved by hand from the groin into the scrotum and won’t immediately retreat to the groin. The testicle might spontaneously appear in the scrotum and remain there for a time. The testicle might spontaneously disappear again for a time.
What kind of doctor does orchiectomy?
Being a major surgical procedure with great impact upon your life, an orchiectomy must be performed by surgeons having the skills and competence required for it, in order to have the beneficial results you want. Our urologists have vast experience in minimally invasive surgery.
Why do doctors make you cough when holding your balls?
A doctor can feel for a hernia by using his or her fingers to examine the area around the groin and testicles. The doctor may ask you to cough while pressing on or feeling the area. Sometimes, the hernia causes a bulge that the doctor can detect. If this happens, surgery almost always repairs the hernia completely.