Orchidectomy (testicles removal)
What exactly does orchidectomy involve? What happens during the operation and what happens during the recovery period? This page provides information about the procedure, the risks related to the operation, and the post-operative period.
About the orchidectomy
Hormone use after the operation
Complications and risks during and after the operation
- Bleeding (continued) immediately after the operation: If the bleeding does not stop on its own, a second operation may be necessary to stem the bleeding.
- Infection: Although the procedure is done in a clean and sterile way, there is always a chance of bacteria entering the wound. In the period after the operation there is also a risk of infection. That is why it is so important to take good care of the wound.
- Blood suffusion (haematoma): Some blood may accumulate in the surgical area, which may give the area a slightly blue or purple appearance, like a bruise. This will go away by itself after 2 to 4 weeks.
- Fluid retention (oedema or seroma). Fluid may also accumulate in the surgical area. If this feels uncomfortable, the fluid can be removed by the physician.
- Badly healing wound edges (wound dehiscence). After the operation, the wounds may not heal immediately, and may open up a little. Should this happen, we recommend that you rinse the wound thoroughly with running water and, if necessary , contact your attending physician.
This text was edited on 14-10-2022
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