Orchidectomy
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You must not go home by yourself. Patients must be escorted home by a responsible adult and must remain in their care overnight and where possible 24 hours after the procedure.

  • You may bathe and shower at any time 24 hours after the operation
  • The dressings are to ‘stop ooze’ from getting onto your clothes, so only a pad (not sterile) is necessary.
  • If the pad sticks you may put Vaseline over the wound and stitches to avoid sticking.
  • Some bruising, swelling and ooze from the wound is to be expected.
  • The stitches will dissolve by themselves in 2-3 weeks.
  • Expect to be uncomfortable for a few days until the swelling is resolved.
  • You may take a mild painkiller, eg. Panadol or Panadeine Forte if you are really uncomfortable for a few days.
  • No driving for 24 hours.
  • You may be more comfortable wearing 2 pairs of jockey style briefs for support
  • Sexual activity can be resumed in 3-4 weeks

Report any of the following to your surgeon:

  • Temperature above 38
  • Excessive pain or swelling
  • Redness near your suture line
  • Excessive wound discharge accompanied by an unpleasant odour.

 

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