Testicular Prosthesis Surgery
You may be offered testicular prosthesis surgery after an orchiectomy. This surgery helps improve the appearance of the scrotum after your testicle is removed.
Getting a testicular prosthesis, or artificial testicle, is a personal decision. Talk to your healthcare team about the advantages and disadvantages of testicular prosthesis surgery.
A testicular prosthesis has the same weight, shape and feel as a normal testicle. It is used for cosmetic reasons only and does not function like a normal testicle.
Testicular prostheses are made of silicone gel or saline (salt water) with a silicone rubber covering. They come in different sizes so doctors can match the prosthesis to the remaining testicle.
Testicular prosthesis surgery should be done by a surgeon who has special training. You will be under general anesthesia (you will be unconscious) or the surgeon will give you a local anesthetic to numb, or freeze, the area. The surgeon makes a small cut, or incision, in the lower groin. The prosthesis is placed in the empty scrotum and secured with a stitch, or suture. After you have recovered, you can usually go home that same day.
Testicular prosthesis surgery can be done at the same time as surgery to remove the testicle or during a later surgery. Talk to your surgeon about the best time to place the prosthesis.
Side Effects of Testicular Prosthesis
Some possible side effects and complications of testicular prosthesis surgery are:
- swelling of the scrotum
- pain or discomfort
- hematoma, which is a collection or pool of blood outside a blood vessel
- shifting of the prosthesis
- extrusion, which is when the prosthesis pushes through the skin
- rupture or leaking of the prosthesis
- hardening of the prosthesis
Men who have testicular prosthesis surgery usually need surgery in the future to move, fix or replace the prosthesis.