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Orchiectomy (4618)

Orchiectomy (4618) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Genitourinary



Orchiectomy is the removal of one or both
testicles. Testicles can be removed due to
cancer, pain or injury. A radical orchiectomy
is removal of the entire testicle and
spermatic cord. A simple orchiectomy is
removal of the testicle only. If one testicle is
removed you will have a groin wound on
that side. If both testes are removed you will
have a scrotal incision.

After Surgery

1. You will have gauze dressing over the
wound. Change this at least daily and if
it gets wet.
2. If you have a small drain in the scrotum,
it will be taken out in 1-2 days.
3. It is common to have scrotal bruising
and swelling.
4. You may develop a marble sized “knot”
in your scrotum where the testicle was
removed. It may or may not go away.
This is a normal. If it is a reaction to the
stitches it may go away after weeks or
months. If it is scar tissue it will not.
5. You will have pain pills for pain.

Incision Care

Wear a scrotal supporter for 3 days. This
can help decrease swelling.

Keep your wound dry for 3 days. Then, you
may shower. Wash your incision with a
mild soap and water. Rinse well and gently
pat dry. No hot tubs, bathtubs, or swimming
pools until your incision is healed. That
may be 2 weeks or longer.
Check your wound daily for signs of

 Increasing redness or warmth of
 Pus-like drainage
 Pain not controlled with pain pills
 A bruise that is getting worse each day
 Excess bleeding
 Excess swelling
 Temperature greater than 100.5º by
mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours


Do nothing more strenuous than moderate
walking for 7 days.

Do not lift more than 10 pounds for 7 days.


Do not eat or drink anything after midnight
before surgery.

After surgery you may eat whatever you like.

Drink 8 – 10 glasses of fluid a day to aid

Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours or
as long as you are taking narcotic pain pills.


You will have an incision check in 7-14 days.
This visit will be made for you before you go

Phone Number

Urology Clinic: (608) 263-4757

After hours, weekends and holidays this
connects to the message center.
Ask for the urology doctor on call or the
doctor on call for
Dr. ______________________.
Leave your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you back.

Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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