A testicular prosthesis is an artificial implant that placed in an empty scrotum. An implant can be used for men who are born without a testicle or those who have lost a testicle because of an injury or illness. The implant's purpose is only to improve appearance and calm psychological fears; it doesn't function like a real testicle.
Testicular prostheses have been in use since the 1940s. In the past, they were made of a variety of materials. Now, they are mainly made of silicone rubber and are filled with either silicone gel or saline (salt water). A testicular prosthesis will have the weight, shape and feel similar to a normal testicle. It’s also available in different sizes so that a good match can be made to your body.
When you’re deciding to have this procedure, it’s important to find a surgeon who specializes in testicular prosthesis implantation. Talk to the surgeon about all of your questions and learn all of the details of the procedure beforehand.
In general, the procedure to implant a testicular prosthesis involves:
. Placing the patient under either general (whole body) or local anesthesia (pain-blocking medication) that will prevent any feelings of pain in the lower part of the body during the procedure.
. Making an incision in the lower part of the groin or upper scrotum.
. Creating a pouch for the prosthesis.
. Sewing or otherwise fixing the implant into place in the correct position.
. Closing the incision with stitches.
. This procedure is usually performed as an outpatient surgery.
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