Radical Inguinal Orchiectomy for Testicular Cancer
Orchiectomy is the removal of one or both testicles (testes). The testicles are the male sex organs that produce sperm and the male hormone, Reference testosterone Opens New Window.
An orchiectomy is a common treatment for Reference testicular cancer Opens New Window. It may also be done to treat other conditions such as Reference prostate cancer Opens New Window or in the event of severe trauma to one or both testes.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in the lower abdomen just below the belt line. The testicle is then pushed up from the scrotum through the incision and removed. The procedure is usually finished in less than an hour.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 13, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology