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    Testicular Prosthesis

    Testicular Prosthesis

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    A testicular prosthesis is a small implant with a size, shape, and consistency similar to a real testicle. It is usually made of a soft plastic (silicone) shell and filled with saline (salt water).

    The potential risks associated with testicular prostheses include infection and bleeding or blood clots (hematoma) in the scrotum, but these complications are uncommon.

    If a prosthesis is implanted before puberty, it will need to be replaced later with a larger prosthesis that matches the adult size of the normal testicle.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
    Last Revised January 4, 2013

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