Orchidectomy is the removal of one or both testicles. This is a common treatment for testicular cancer but can be performed to treat other conditions.

A radical orchidectomy involves removal of the testicle and spermatic cord through the inguinal canal. During surgery, an incision/cut is made, the testicle is pushed up from the scrotum through the canal and removed.

The procedure is performed as a day case. If a testicular prosthesis is required, this will be discussed with you prior to surgery and the prosthesis will be inserted following removal of the testicle.

Following surgery

  • You are required to return to the rooms 1 week following your surgery for a wound check. If an appointment has not been made, please call the rooms following your surgery.
  • You may experience some pain and discomfort. It is important you take regular pain relief such as panadol. If your pain is not helped by taking pain medication, please call the rooms for further advice.
  • It is helpful to wear supportive underwear. Sometimes wearing two pairs of underwear can be very helpful.
  • You must avoid any strenuous physical activities and heavy lifting for 3 weeks. Gentle walks are encouraged.
  • Driving is not allowed for 2 weeks.
  • You may return to work 1-2 weeks following your surgery. Please discuss this further with your doctor. If your work entails physical activity you may require a longer period of recuperation.
  • Your wound will have a waterproof dressing which will enable you to shower at home. This dressing will be removed when you return for you wound check. Your sutures will be dissolvable and may take 1-3 weeks to dissolve. If your sutures are still visible in 4 weeks, please call the rooms and make an appointment with the Practice Nurse for removal of sutures.

You must call the rooms if you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Fever/chills
  • Red, gaping and inflamed wound
  • Discharge from the wound
  • Nausea
  • Unable to pass urine