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Radical Orchiectomy

With a procedure called radical orchiectomy, surgeons remove the tumor along with the testicle. This highly effective surgery is usually used early on in diagnosis and staging of testicular cancer. When combined with lifelong monitoring, it can be the only treatment needed for early-stage germ cell tumors that haven’t spread beyond the testicle.

This surgery won’t affect your fertility or your ability to get and keep an erection.

At Memorial Sloan Kettering we offer you the option to have us insert a prosthetic testicle during surgery. This is purely a cosmetic choice.

Caring for Yourself After Your Orchiectomy
This information explains how to care for yourself after your orchiectomy.
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