Orchiectomy involves removal of the testicles, to considerably reduce the production of testosterone.

The surgical procedure, your stay, and convalescence

Sometimes, it is difficult or impossible to take feminizing hormones. An endocrinologist may recommend an orchiectomy.

An orchidectomy prior to vaginoplasty does not compromise the results of the latter. However, because the scrotal skin may retract (shrunk) after an orchidectomy, a skin graft may be necessary for the construction of the vaginal cavity. If you plan to have vaginoplasty surgery, it is recommended that you do stretching exercises with the skin of your scrotum to prevent it from retracting (shrinking) after your orchidectomy.

Orchidectomy surgery can be performed at the same time as other procedures.   

The surgical procedure, your stay and convalescence

Average length of procedure

Admission to the CMC



Average length of convalescence at Asclépiade

Average length of convalescence at home

Return to physical activities and sports

30 minutes The day of the procedure Regional or General

None - Day surgery

None 3 weeks 4 weeks
Medical follow-ups and appointments : Asclépiade provides personalized postoperative follow-ups to all patients. You will be getting an appointment with your surgeon one month after your surgery for a postoperative follow-up. If you cannot come to your appointment, your attending physician can follow-up with our surgeons by contacting the Asclépiade.