What to Expect from MDS Surgery
Orchiectomy, also called testicular removal or castration, is the surgical removal of one or both testicles. This procedure is sometimes done to treat prostate cancer but may also be used in cases where it’s medically necessary to control testosterone levels. Orchiectomy may be performed as an outpatient procedure and most men will return home the same day as their surgery.
MDS Surgery is a bilateral orchiectomy, meaning that it removes both testicles.
MDS Surgery is a bilateral orchiectomy, meaning that it removes both testicles. This procedure is done under general anaesthetic and through keyhole surgery (also known as laparoscopic surgery). The surgeon makes a small incision in the abdomen, like with other surgical procedures. The testicles are removed through this incision and then the incision is closed with stitches.
The surgical site will be numb for a few hours following surgery, but after that analgesics are usually sufficient for pain management.
Pain management will depend on the individual, but most people find that taking pain medication before bedtime is sufficient. Some patients prefer to manage their pain with breathing exercises or self-hypnosis, while others prefer to take a painkiller before they go to sleep. Pain management can be difficult during the first few days after surgery because of discomfort from tubes in your nose or throat, so it’s best to get ahead of any issues by preparing your home and making sure you have everything you need on hand before surgery.
The procedure takes about 20 minutes.
MDS surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. The procedure itself typically lasts 20 minutes on average, but can vary depending on the specific circumstances and your own situation. Some men who have MDS surgery go home the same day while others stay overnight in the hospital. If you choose to have MDS surgery, your doctor will discuss what to expect during recovery with you beforehand so there are no surprises when it comes time to go home.
You don’t need to stay overnight in the hospital after the procedure.
You can go home the same day as your procedure. You should plan to have someone else drive you home and help you out with things like eating and getting around. It’s important to take it easy for a few days after surgery, so that your body has time to heal itself.
You’ll likely be able to return to work in about a week or so, but any physical activity should be limited until your doctor says otherwise (usually about two weeks). Your doctor may give you some pain medicine just in case it hurts; if so, use it only as directed by your physician.
During recovery from MDS surgery, there is usually some bruising that goes away within two or three weeks of surgery.
Some patients experience a mood lift after the procedure.
You may experience a mood lift after MDS surgery. This is common and can be due to the reduction of testosterone or increased testosterone.
Your scrotum may feel heavy and full after surgery.
After surgery, you may feel that your scrotum is heavy and full. This is normal and should return to normal after several weeks. Your scrotum will likely be swollen and bruised for a few days, but it should feel better within that time frame. You may also experience some tenderness for a few days following the surgery.
While rare, some men have reported increased anxiety prior to surgery and incontinence during orgasm afterward.
While anxiety is common among many people, some men report increased anxiety prior to surgery and incontinence during orgasm afterward. The first thing we want you to know is that these issues are rare, but it’s important to talk with your doctor about any concerns or questions that you have so they can be addressed before the procedure takes place.
If you experience anxiety in the days leading up the surgery, there are steps that can be taken by both patients and medical professionals alike:
- Discuss your worries with family members or friends who might be able to help calm your nerves
- Exercise regularly; this will help improve blood flow which may decrease stress levels
- Try deep breathing exercises or meditation; these activities can help relieve anxiety
Orchiectomy is very effective at lowering testosterone levels and treating symptoms of advanced prostate cancer.
Orchiectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the testicles. It is an effective treatment for lowering testosterone levels and treating symptoms of advanced prostate cancer.
Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles, which plays an important role in the development of prostate cancer. Removing the testicles (orchiectomy) reduces testosterone levels to those experienced by women and men with low testosterone, making it easier for other hormone therapies to work more effectively.
Despite its name, removal of the testicles has no effect on libido or erectile function because these functions are controlled by nerves in your brain rather than hormones from your sex organs (the penis). However, removing both testicles can affect sperm production so that you may not be able to become a biological father if you wish to do so in future years.
MDS surgery is a safe and effective treatment for advanced prostate cancer. With proper follow-up care, your doctor can help you manage the risk of complications during recovery and ensure that your quality of life remains high after surgery.