Urology :: Postoperative Care Instructions for Orchiectomy
These instructions are general guidelines and specific changes or instructions for your child may differ. Please follow instructions given by the surgeon and CHOC Children’s Urology Center staff.
Thank you for choosing CHOC Children’s for surgery. Orchiectomy procedures are performed in an operating room and are normally completed on an outpatient basis. This procedure does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Patients only consume clear liquids immediately after surgery and then progress to a regular diet as tolerated. The anesthesia can cause some stomach discomfort and nausea.
Patients may be sent home with Tylenol #3 to be taken as needed for pain. Most children need it for one to three days. If the doctor prescribed Tylenol #3 (with codeine) tablet or elixir, please try to give it to the patient as little as possible because codeine can cause constipation, which can be painful. Miralax is an over the counter stool softener and can be used to relieve constipation if it occurs. Whenever possible, try to use Ibuprofen (also known as Motrin or Advil) instead of the Tylenol #3. Do not take Tylenol #3 and Tylenol at the same time – this can be an overdose and is harmful. If needed, Ibuprofen and ONE Tylenol product can be taken within the same time period. Please refer any questions dosage and timing of pain medication after to the CHOC Children’s Urology Center.
To reduce swelling and discomfort, you may place a sandwich bag full of ice covered in a cloth or towel over the surgical area. Never apply ice directly to the skin.
The child may be placed in the bath or swimming pool 24 hours after surgery. The dressing may or may not come off on its own, and either way is fine. Swelling and bruising are normal, especially near the incision on the abdomen or the scrotum. It is normal for the incision to be pinkish or red; however, if it becomes very red or dark red and/or has pus, please call the office. The clear bandage on top is called “Tegaderm,” and the little cloth-like bandages underneath are called “steri-strips.” Sometimes there is a little blood that has soaked through the steri-strips, which is normal. Often a gray material (surgical glue) will be over the incision area, this will fall off on its own. The stitches will also dissolve on their own in about two weeks.
After surgery, the scrotum that had the testicle removed will be empty.
For two to three weeks after the surgery the child should avoid trauma to the surgical area and avoid rough-housing, contact sports, bicycle riding or physical education. Younger children should avoid walkers or straddle toys like bouncy chairs and jumpers or rocking horses. At the child’s follow-up appointment, about one week after surgery, our staff will provide more specific directions as to when it is safe to return to activities. Most children are able to return to school within a few days of surgery, as tolerated.
For more information on how to prepare children of all ages for surgery and what to expect the day of surgery, please click here to read our comprehensive surgery guide.