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Inguinal Testicle Removal

Inguinal Testicle Removal is a surgical procedure to remove a testicle and the full spermatic cord through an incision in the lower lateral abdomen (the "inguinal region"). The procedure is generally performed by a urologist, typically if testicular cancer is suspected.

When you get home:

Diet

You may return to your normal diet within 24 hours following your surgery. Due to side effects from anesthesia you may notice some mild nausea for the first 6-8 hours after surgery. We suggest clear liquids and a very light meal the first evening following surgery.

Activity

Your physical activity is to be decreased especially during the first two weeks after surgery. During this time, use the following guidelines:

  • No lifting heavy objects (anything greater than 10-15 lbs.) for 4 weeks
  • No driving for about 10-14 days
  • No strenuous exercise for 4 weeks
  • No sexual intercourse for 2 weeks
  • No severe straining during bowel movements - take a laxative if necessary
  • You may walk as much as you want. You may use stairs, but be careful
  • You may shower or take baths unless instructed not to do so

Medication

In most cases you will be sent home with a narcotic pain pill. If the pain is not too bad, you may take either Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) which contain no narcotic agents, and might be tolerated a little better.

Wound

In most cases your abdominal incision will be covered with a dressing. You will be able to shower the second day following surgery, but avoid scrubbing the area of your dressing. Do not be surprised if there is mild to moderate scrotal swelling and bruising. This is quite typical following surgery, and may actually last for four to six weeks. You may remove the surgical dressing on the second day after surgery. You will see some steri-strips in place. Leave these in place for 1 week and then you may remove them. You may also want to wear a scrotal support with padding for the first 48-72 hours to help control scrotal swelling.

Side Effects:

Problems you should report to us:

  • Fever or 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Moderate or severe swelling under the skin incision or involving the scrotum
  • Drug reactions (Hives, rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)

Follow Up:

You should contact our office within 24 hours to set up your first follow-up appointment. This visit, to check your incision and progress, is usually set up 7-14 days following your surgery. Additional follow-up appointments will be made at that time.