Testicular Prosthesis Surgery

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.

The Prosthesis

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.

The Surgery

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:

  • infection
  • swelling of the scrotum
  • pain or discomfort
  • hematoma, which is a collection or pool of blood outside a blood vessel
  • scarring
  • 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.

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