Orchiectomy

Orchiectomy is a surgery to remove one or both testicles.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Increasing pain, discharge, redness, or swelling at the incision site
    • Pus or odor from the incision site
    • A lot of bleeding
    • Stitches loosen or fall out
    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Orchiectomy is a surgery to remove one or both testicles.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    An orchiectomy may be done to treat:

    • Prostate cancer
      that has spread
    • Testicular cancer
    • Testicular torsion (when twisting of the spermatic cord cuts off blood supply)

    It can also be a diagnostic procedure to determine if cancer is present when a mass is found during ultrasound.

  • Possible Complications

    If you are planning to have an orchiectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Nerve injury or damage to surrounding tissue or structures
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Reaction to anesthesia

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity