Ask the Experts: When Should Men Get a Testicular Implant?
Testicles, or testes, make male hormones and sperm. Most men are born with two testicles. They are shaped like eggs and are located inside the sac of skin (scrotum) behind the penis.
Sometimes a testicle needs to be removed because of testicular cancer or injury. Testicular cancer is most common in men between the ages of 15 and 44. Injuries to the testicles can happen from playing sports, like baseball. That’s why it’s good to wear a jock strap or hard cup when playing contact sports.
If you need to have a testicle removed, you may consider a testicular implant. A testicular implant is when a testicle-shaped form is placed inside the scrotum. An implant can be placed during the same surgery when they are removing the testicle or at a later time.
Deciding whether or not to get a testicular implant is a personal choice. Some men get testicular implants to help their private parts look “normal.” Some men don’t want an implant and are fine living with one testicle.
Talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of testicular implants. These implants come in different sizes, shapes and textures. Make sure to find out how much a testicular implant will cost and if your insurance will cover it. These factors may affect your decision.
Dr. Jairam R. Eswara is a urologic surgeon at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts with specific training and expertise in urologic trauma and reconstruction.
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