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Recovery from removal of testicle....

Craig m
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I was diagnosed with testicular cancer last Monday and had the surgery Friday....i have the scrotum supporter...I was told to not remove until my tests come back...oct 8th...(not sure how to clean if I can't remove...will be calling doc tomorrow to confirm this). I haven't been doing much walking and have been on pain killers as needed ( hasn't been too bad). A little swelling where the incision is and across top....I haven't been icing (wasn't told to....sounded odd).... How long before you were walking? I've been told no lifting for 4 weeks...have a 3 yr old and 2 month old so that will be tough.... Thanks ... Any advice will be helpful.... Craig
gregm
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Hi Craig,   We've all had slightly different experiences of this surgery. For me, I went for a slow walk (0.5 mile) the day after the operation, was off the pain killers in 2 days, and back to work sitting at my desk 2 days after the surgery (though moving very carefully!). I have no idea what a scrotum supporter is, I imagine someone waving a scarf and cheering? The swelling on the incision goes down, and there'll be a hard ridge under the scar for a while. I used dry iodine spray on mine to keep it infection free, but they'd also covered it in a transparent glue which stayed on for a over a week too. I went about my normal life after the operation - doing my own shopping, cooking etc without any problems. I started going back to the gym after about 1 month, focussing on exercises above the waist without any problems. After 2 months I was back to exercising vigorously including situps and cardio. I think the walking is a good start - just go about everything gently and build up. I can't see that slowly picking up your kids will do you much harm, avoid twiisting or rapid movements, and no ticklling! I guess they're trying to stop people doing silly things by giving the advice not to lift heavy things. The one thing to avoid is infection, so keep it clean.

NoelR
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Very sorry to hear you've joined our club, glad to hear you post op recovery is going well. I've got 7 and 10 year old boys, theyvknownwhats happened as we decided to tell them especially the 10 year old. So they know not to jump on me first thing in the morning or to ask me to carry them to bed. It's easier now 5 weeks since the op, but I still won't carry them just in case. Fingers crossed for your results on the 8th.
Craig m
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Thanks a lot Greg...I have done some walking already...feel pretty good and intend on going back to work tomorrow....i told the scrotum supporter she could go home and she didn't need to walk around holding my scrotum up anymore...(it's actually like a jock strap holding the scrotum up tight so it doesn't hang). Appreciate the support and the prompt reply.
Craig m
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Thanks a lot noelir...appreciate the support.
jenkins
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Hi Craig!  My husband had his surgery on July 19.  He followed the no lifting, jumping, running for 4 weeks.  He didn't take much pain meds because he really hates medicine and it makes him ill :), his problem was swelling at incision site which the doc said was normal.  He did ice for the first actually 3 weeks over the incision because he said it felt better.  About the supporter he wore that the first 2 weeks and i would wash it while he was sitting down to watch tv or something like that.  he tried going without for a couple days but he started to swell and felt uncomfortable.  We have a 9 year old ACTIVE son, so we had to kinda watch him for sudden moves :)  I hope that helps some.  I really love this site, so many people have helped us know what was comming and prepare.  There are many wonderful people on here. My husbands was a seminoma in right testicle stage one with no spreading or tumor markers. he did one round of chemo, if you need that I will be happy to tell you how his went.  I hope everything works out for you.

K_Dale
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Hi Craig

Sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with TC.  This forum is great for any questions you have or generally if you just want to get something off your chest.

I guess, as has been mentioned before, recovery and healing times will differ from person to person.  Can only let you know my experience.

I got diagnosed and had the op to remove the testicle in December 2011.  After I was discharged from hospital I was in a little bit of pain for a couple of weeks and found in difficult to walk around and climb the stairs.  Didn't have much swelling or anything, it was just painful to move.  But after the second week I started to take short walks and everything was generally fine.  I had a 1 year old nephew, which I was lifting and picking up comfortably about a month/month and half after my op.

Hope this helps.

All the best to you.

Craig m
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Jenkins....thanks. I will continue to wear the support and wash while resting. I appreciate the support from everyone.
Richie Rich
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Hi Craig

I was told not to do any lifting for a month. I began walking to the Library after the first week  like John Wayne without a horse, limping along and being overtaken by old ladies, mobility carts and toy dogs. It felt like I was standing still. I have an active 5 year old daughter to go with my 12 & 14 year old sons. It wasn't her jumping around that was a problem rather a tickly cough and the odd sneeze. Turning over in bed wasn't that comfortable either. Within 3 weeks I was able to visit outpatients for my check up. Apart from the numbness on my thigh and tingly feet, I have no after affects. Now I can overtake anyone I like, lol and walk at a fast pace.

I think after the first week you need to walk down the road and then go on longer walks so you don't seize up. Then you will get stronger every longer trip.

Cheers

Rich

chorusboy
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Hi,

I am looking for some advice following the removal of my prosthetic testicle.

It is now 10 days since the operation and the swelling of the scrotum has gone leaving everything looking as expected ... or so I thought.  The remaining testicle hangs down, as expected.  But on the other side where there was the original testicle (removed) and then the prosthetic (now removed) there is quite a large ball shape at the top of the scrotum.  I read here that the surgeon will ofter have to tie bits and pieces up that are no longer needed and tighten the skin of the scrotum - which I can see he has as there is less skin hanging on that side.  But the lump or ball that is left is, in my uninformed opinion, quite large.  In actual fact it is the same size as the remaining testicle and of a similar shape and texture.  The only difference being is that it stays completely at the top and doesn't move.

It is totally different from the prosthetic so i know that has been removed and i didn't dream the whole stay in hospital ... but what is left I wasn't expecting to be so big it really is like a second testicle, which in way i am glad at as at quick glance it looks like two albeit one is high.

I would appreciate if anyone else who has had theirs removed can advise as to what size / shape of whatever it is, is left?

Many Thanks

woody1875
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Hello.

 

When I had my original testicle removed I noticed a lump which was at the top of my scrotum just inside. It was about as big as say 10 peas all in one if you know what I mean. I was concerned and got the specialist to check it out. She informed me that's it is a natural occurrence of blood and fluids which collect after the op and would go away. Sure enough 4 weeks later it broke down and dissapeard. 

But if your unsure then just get them to check it out. 

chorusboy
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Hi Andy,

Many thanks for your reply - it sounds exactly like that, so hopefully it will go away on it's own.  I have my surveillance appointment with the Oncologist in 4 weeks so if it has not gone by then she will be examining me anyway no doubt.  I just didn't want to wait that long and then for her to scream that of course I should have said something sooner, but your experience sounds the same.

Regards,

MHorg
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Guys 

I know the last post in this thread was about 4 years ago, but I'm so glad I found it.


I had my right teste removed on the 10th and have been worrying for the past few days about the weird(teste like) swelling, top right of my scrotum. I've heard of phantom pain, but phantom teste, that's just mean!! 


Thank you for having this in the thread guys, it's really out my mind at ease and my wife will be happy to see me stop fretting!


I do think though that post op care and advice should be given in written form, not a passing comment from a consultant when you're still stoned out of your tree on morphine!


Cheers again folks.

OutoftheBlue
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I would say what you describe is fine - it could be swelling still, old blood , etc - i had similar as other people have had too - you also get weird feelings like the old testical is still there but aching , hot tingly sensations and some groin ache - mostly from some potential nerve damage from the op.

if you feel its something thats giving you problems though, go to the GP, i did a few times , mine had become infected and needed anti biotics - if you have any symptoms of infection, talk to the GP or the GPs reception, generally if you say you have just had an Op you will get in same or next day.

oh and yes, agreed about post op care - i was tolld initially i had to stay in hospital for an over nighter! had to come on here to diagnose / put my mind at ease with all the post op stuff. and how not to give it PLENTY of time, and i mean plenty before an exercise!

good luck!

BobbyJeff
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What were your symptoms. I’m going to see my Dr. Jan 24. I’m not in severe pain but I’ve got slight pain in the scrotum area. It almost feels like I have a hernia but I’m taking no chances.