How to protect the orchiectomy surgery incision?

You have to protect the incision from getting soaked in water, you may wash it gently using soap and pat it dry with the towel. Then, you have to place a gauze pad over it. Your doctor will tell you when you should apply a different treatment during your follow-up appointment.

The stitches are usually absorbable, so they do not require removing. The wound dressing may be removed 2 days after the operation when you have a bath or a shower. Soap and water are entirely adequate and you may wash as often as you like.

Once an orchiectomy is performed, we want to make sure that our patients recover well while minimizing potential complications. Therefore, we will provide you with a set of clear indications on how to take care of your surgical incision following orchiectomy. Some of them include:

  • Check the incision daily for signs of infection
  • Use an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling
  • Take medications and use any ointments prescribed by your doctor
  • Follow your doctor’s guidelines for showering. Avoid baths and swimming until the cut made during surgery heals
  • Wear a jockstrap or snug underwear as directed

It’s essential to make sure your incision is fully healed before resuming physical activities. Healthcare providers usually recommend that you minimize strenuous activities, such as bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobic exercise for 2 to 4 weeks afterward. Ask your doctor when you can get back to the activities you enjoy.

Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital houses a surgical oncology team that includes urology surgeons specialized specifically in the surgical treatment of urologic cancer. Using their expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, our teams work together closely striving to remove all remnants of cancer while leaving as much of the healthy tissue and organs intact.


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