As serious as a diagnosis of testicular cancer is, surgical treatment has proven to be extremely successful in stopping this disease. Your Glendora General Surgeon will perform various tests to determine the stage of your testicular cancer. When treated in the earliest stages, the recovery rate is greater than 98%. Even at a later stage, there is a recovery rate of higher than 90%.
Your surgeon will instruct you on how to prepare for the surgery, what activities you or cannot do during your recovery period, and what follow-up tests, treatments, and appointments you will need to have. Before the surgery, talk with your surgeon about preserving some of your sperm if there is the possibility of infertility after the operation. Because one, or both, of your testicles will be removed, you can discuss having an artificial testicle inserted for aesthetic reasons.
Before RIO surgery, your will be given a general anesthetic using an IV tube inserted into your arm. This will ensure that you have no pain and will be asleep during the operation. The medical staff will also monitor your heart rate with an ECG machine and with a blood pressure cuff wrapped around one of your arms.
For an open operation, the surgeon will make one long incision above your pubic area. This opening will give full access to surgical instruments and the surgeon’s hands. For a laparoscopic operation, the surgeon will make a few smaller incisions above your pubic area where special, slender, surgical tools and a camera can be inserted. Your testicle and the diseased tumor will be removed, and your spermatic cord will be cut. If the cancer has spread to lymph nodes, the cancerous nodes will also be removed.