Caring for Your Child after Orchiectomy
Orchiectomy is the removal of one or both testicles. This is done to remove a testicle that did not develop correctly, to treat cancer or to lower the level of testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. Your child may have a groin incision or three laparoscopic sites following the procedure.
- Your child will have a clear dressing and strips of tape over the wound. Remove the dressing in two days. If the strips of tape stay on, leave them until they come off on their own.
- If your child has a small drain in the scrotum, it will be taken out in the office in 1-2 days.
- It is common to have scrotal bruising and a lot of swelling.
- Your child may develop a marble sized “knot” in his 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.
- Your child may have pain pills for pain.
Your child may wear a scrotal support for 7 days. This can help decrease swelling.
Keep the wound dry for 2 days. Then, your child may shower. Wash the incision with a mild soap and water. Rinse well and gently pat dry. No hot tubs, bathtubs, or swimming pools until after your post op visit in the clinic.
Check your child’s wound daily for signs of infection.
- Spreading redness at the wound along with fever of 101.5
- Pus-like drainage
- Pain not controlled with pain pills
- A bruise that is getting worse each day
- Excess bleeding
- Excess swelling
- Temperature greater than 101.5º by mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
Do nothing more strenuous than moderate walking for 2 weeks.
Do not lift more than 10 pounds for 2 weeks.
The day of surgery, your child should eat lightly. For instance, soup, crackers, and plenty of clear liquids. The next day your child may eat whatever he would like.
Drink 8 – 10 glasses of fluid a day to aid healing.
Your child will see his doctor ior nurse practitioner in 7-14 days. This visit will be made for your child before you go home.
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Last Updated: 12/17/2012
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