As well as confirming a diagnosis, an orchidectomy removes the cancer. It is the main treatment for testicular cancer when it has not spread. If the cancer hasn’t spread outside the testicle, and there’s a low risk of it coming back (recurrence), this may be the only treatment you’ll need.
During the operation, the surgeon can insert an artificial testicle (known as an implant or prosthesis) into your scrotum. If you’re unsure about whether you want this, you can have a prosthesis put in at a later date. Your specialist will give you more details about the benefits and disadvantages of having an artificial testicle, and how it will look and feel afterwards.