Radical Inguinal Orchiectomy for Testicular Cancer
What To Think About
In most cases, orchiectomy does not result in long-term sexual side effects or infertility, though it may increase these problems if they were present before the surgery. If a man has one healthy testicle, he should not notice any negative change in his quality of life. Men who do not have one normally functioning testicle after orchiectomy will need to take hormone therapy to fulfill the body's need for testosterone.
Some men choose to have a prosthetic testicle(s). After an orchiectomy, the surgeon places the artificial testicle(s) in the scrotum to maintain the natural appearance of the genitals.
If you have any questions or concerns about this surgery, talk to your doctor.
|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