Discharge Instructions for Orchiectomy

You had an orchiectomy, a surgical procedure to remove one or both of your testicles. This is usually done when a man has a testicular mass that is highly suspicious for cancer. It is also done to treat prostate cancer by eliminating the main sources of testosterone, which are the testicles. Here are some general instructions to help you care for yourself after the surgery. Always check with your health care provider for specific instructions.


  • 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.

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 health care provider.

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

  • 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 health care provider’s instructions for taking any pain medication.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by your health care provider.

When to call your health care provider

Call your health care provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38.0°C) 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


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