In an orchiectomy, the penis and the scrotum, the pouch of skin that holds the testicles, are left intact and only the testicle(s) is affected. There are several types of orchiectomy, including:
- Simple orchiectomy in which the testicle or testicles and parts of the spermatic cord are removed.
- Subcapsular orchiectomy which is similar to a simple orchiectomy but glandular tissue is removed from the lining of each testicle rather than removing the entire gland. This helps the patient keep the look of a normal scrotum.
- Radical orchiectomy is conducted to address testicular cancer. The doctor removes the spermatic cord and testicle(s).
The doctors of The Urology Specialists of Maryland will help patients determine what type of orchiectomy is best for your conditions.
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