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Discharge Instructions for Orchiectomy

Discharge Instructions for Orchiectomy

You had an orchiectomy, a surgical procedure to remove one or both of your testicles. This is done when a man has cancer of the testicles. It is also done to slow the growth of prostate cancer by eliminating the main source of testosterone, which is the testicles. Here are some instructions to help you care for yourself after the surgery.

Activity

  • Do not worry if you feel more tired than usual. Fatigue and weakness are common for a few weeks after this surgery.

  • Listen to your body. If an activity causes pain, stop.

  • Avoid strenuous activities, such as mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or playing sports for 2-4 weeks following surgery.

  • Do not drive until you are off your pain medication and are pain-free. This typically takes 2-4 weeks.

  • Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 4 weeks.

  • Avoid sexual activity for 2-4 weeks.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher, or shaking chills

  • Redness, swelling, warmth, or pain at your incision site

  • Drainage, pus, or bleeding from your incision

  • Incision that opens up or pulls apart

Home Care

  • Shower as needed. But don’t swim or use a bathtub or hot tub until after your follow-up appointment.

  • Keep your incision clean and dry. You may wash your incision gently with mild soap and warm water when necessary.

  • Wear an athletic supporter (also called a jockstrap) for the first few days. And wear supportive briefs rather than boxer shorts.

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.

  • Eat high-fiber foods to avoid constipation. Also, use laxatives, stool softeners, or enemas as directed by your doctor.

  • Finish all of the antibiotics your doctor prescribed to you, even if you feel better. Antibiotics help keep you from getting an infection.

  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking any pain medication.

Follow-Up

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.


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