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Dr. John Landi
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Testicle Removal (Overview)

Testicle removal, or orchiectomy, is performed for multiple reasons including, most commonly, testicular torsion and malignancy. Testicles are sometimes removed to slow aggressive or metastatic prostate cancer. Also, testicles are removed during gender reassignment surgery and on occasion, for chronic pain.


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Testicle removal: what are the consequences!?

Testicle removal: what are the consequences!?

Testicle removal: If only one testicle is removed, and the other is normal, the consequences should be minimal, mostly esthetic. If both are removed, then you get into loss of testosterone production which can cause loss of sexual desire, impotence, muscle mass loss, depression.

Dr. John Landi
60 Doctors shared insights

Testicle Removal (Overview)

Testicle removal, or orchiectomy, is performed for multiple reasons including, most commonly, testicular torsion and malignancy. Testicles are sometimes removed to slow aggressive or metastatic prostate cancer. Also, testicles are removed during gender reassignment surgery and on occasion, for chronic pain.


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What are the consequences of testicle removal?

What are the consequences of testicle removal?

See below...: If the other testicle is normal, not many! Most men with one functional testicle can father children and produce enough testosterone so as not to have a diffence from having two. Cosmetic appearance of only having one can bother some men, but this too can be remedied with a simple implant procedure. I suugest you see an urologist.

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What is the definition or description of: testicle removal?

What is the definition or description of: testicle removal?

Orchiectomy: Testicle removal, or orchiectomy, is performed for multiple reasons including, most commonly, testicular torsion and malignancy. Testicles are sometimes removed to slow aggressive or metastatic prostate cancer. Also, testicles are removed during gender reassignment surgery and on occasion, for chronic pain.

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How long does it take to recover from a testicle removal operation?

How long does it take to recover from a testicle removal operation?

Couple days: Orchiectomy, or removal of the testicle, is performed for a variety of reasons including commonly, torsion and cancer. After the testicle is removed, the patient typically goes home. A couple days of pain medication and adequate scrotal support have patients feeling better in under a week in most cases.

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Is it safe for me to lift weights immediately after testicle removal?

Call your surgeon: Barring any other postoperative complications most surgeons would grant patients the green light to resume all previous activities after six weeks of recuperation. Speak with your surgeon to get his recommendation for your case.

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What kind of infection would require testicle removal/vasectomy?

What kind of infection would require testicle removal/vasectomy?

Unusual: It is very unusual for an infection of the testicle or epididymis to require removal of the testicle, or orchiectomy. Usually, even the most severe cases will resolve with antibiotics, although some cases can take weeks to fully recover. Good luck!

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Can I reduce my testosterone by getting a vasectomy or testicle removal surgery?

Can I reduce my testosterone by getting a vasectomy or testicle removal surgery?

No and yes: Your testosterone will not lower after having a vasectomy but definitely your testosterone will go down after removal of both testes. If you only remove one testis tester one level will remain the same and will not go down as long as the remaining testis is normal.

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Testicle removal. Affects as baby now & young man? What will happen to him during Puberty? Will he Act the same with just 1 testicle? Low T? Mood swings

Testicle removal. Affects as baby now & young man? What will happen to him during Puberty? Will he Act the same with just 1 testicle? Low T? Mood swings

In addition to the: Excellent advice you have already been given, I would like to underscore the need to calmly and gently share what happened to your son at some point early on. I actually had a pt. Who, as an adult and a parent, did not know why he had one testicle. I got his records from a local hospital and it helped him a great deal. Peace and good health.

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Had chemotherapy and testicle removal in 2007. Regain my hair but they are very less in number. Should I have a hair transplant surgery? .How safe?

Had chemotherapy and testicle removal in 2007. Regain my hair but they are very less in number. Should I have a hair transplant surgery? .How safe?

Surgery should be sa: For all practical purposes your health is good for any surgery. Just get a routine check up to make sure that your health is otherwise fit for surgery. Testicular cancer is cured by now yet you should get a chest x-ray and blood work up to get a clearance for surgery. Of course you need to know that hair transplant surgery for baldness is still some what controversial in terms of its cost effectiv.

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I burned my penis shaft and testicles with hair removal lotion. Going to the doctor would be embarrassing. I've used Forever Living aloe lotion/gelly.

I burned my penis shaft and testicles with hair removal lotion. Going to the doctor would be embarrassing. I've used Forever Living aloe lotion/gelly.

Chemical burn.: Hair removal lotions can cause skin irritation, but don't generally cause permanent damage. The skin of the penis and scrotum is quite sensitive, however, so it often feels a lot worse than it is. You can continue to keep the area clean and watch it carefully. If the skin becomes swollen or starts to peel off, make a private appointment with a HealthTap doctor to be safe.

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Transgender. How would removal of testicles significantly before SRS afffect vagioplasty outcome? If difference in depth, how significant?

Transgender. How would removal of testicles significantly before SRS afffect vagioplasty outcome? If difference in depth, how significant?

Orchiectomy first...: Some transgender women have orchiectomy (removal of the testicles) because they cannot tolerate the effects of testosterone blockers like spironolactone. Testicles usually shrink anyway under the influence of estrogen; after their removal the scrotum "flattens." Talk to your surgeon, and be sure to be conscientious with your vaginal dilation after surgery. LGromkoMD

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I had an orchiectomy removal of testicle I am having hot flashes and my feet get hot and sweaty Is that a side effect. If so what is cure?

I had an orchiectomy removal of testicle I am having hot flashes and my feet get hot and sweaty Is that a side effect. If so what is cure?

Here are some...: Asking your surgeon (urologist) is the better way to get instant answer fitting your clinical scenario. Bilateral orchiectomy induces the state of andropause like menopoause, which is characterized with hot flash and sweating of variable degree; there is no cure but modifying with mental acceptance + judicious use of progesterone, estrogen, antidepressants, . More? Ask experts timely.

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What do you suggest if my dad is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and doctor is saying for removal of testicles,?

What do you suggest if my dad is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and doctor is saying for removal of testicles,?

Options: Lowering testosterone levels can be very effective in controlling prostate cancer for a period of time. This can be done by removal of the testicles or by 'androgen deprivation' medications, typically an injection given every 3-4 months.

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My father is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and doctor is saying for removal of testicles, Is this necessary?

My father is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and doctor is saying for removal of testicles, Is this necessary?

Questionable`: Orchiectomy is a way to cut down on testosterone and other male hormones. Another way to reduce testosterone levels is by taking medicines such as Lupron (leuprolide) or if necessary chemotherapy. Lupron (leuprolide) acts as an agonist at pituitary GnRH receptors. It indirectly downregulates secretion of gonadotropins leading to hypogonadism and thus a dramatic reduction in testosterone levels. Some prefer surgery over taking medications An orchiectomy however is permanent and represents only a first line in control of prostate cancer..

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How much harder is it to have a baby after the removal of 1 testicle?

Improves with time: Immediately after surgery chances are reduced, but they improve with time. Many men with just one testicle have successfully fathered children. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

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After varicocelectomy, testicle swelled for about 2 weeks and 3 months later is half or less of original size with recurring pain. Is removal needed?

After varicocelectomy, testicle swelled for about 2 weeks and 3 months later is half or less of original size with recurring pain. Is removal needed?

Probably not.: Removal...Thinking about it gives me shudders! The damaged testicle may take time to heal, and it also may not regain normal size. But it is proably producing some testosterone. Get your free and toal t checked, together with an fsh and lh. An ultrasound can also help unravel the problem! Discuss these with your treating surgeon. It is part of follow-up care!

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Is removal of atrophied testicle in infants is standard clinical procedure? Or just recommended. What if we don't remove, are there any cases where atrophied testicle is de-torsed and in future it might just get normal?

Is removal of atrophied testicle in infants is standard clinical procedure? Or just recommended. What if we don't remove, are there any cases where atrophied testicle is de-torsed and in future it might just get normal?

Yes: It is the standard procedure, it is always important to remove a part of the body that is no longer viable. There are no cases of an organ that is already atrophied to suddenly untwist and be normal once the atrophy has occurred. Atrophy means that there was not enough blood supply to keep the organ alive. I hope this helps.

Testicles (Definition)

The testicles are the two oval male gonads, or reproductive glands, located in the scrotum. The seminiferous tubules of the testis are the site of spermatogenesis and its leydig cells secrete testosterone. The term testicles is synonymous with testes or gonads. The singular form is ...Read more