Potential Side Effects from Surgery for Testicular Cancer
The goal of surgery for testicular cancer is to remove the tumor. However, this surgery can have potential side effects. Before your surgery, your surgeon will explain these possible side effects to you. After surgery, your health care team will work closely with you to manage or ease as many side effects as possible. Here are some possible side effects that men with testicular cancer have after surgery. Ask your doctor which ones are most likely to happen to you:
Damage to your nerves that can leave you unable to ejaculate. The medical name for this is retrograde ejaculation. This is most common in men who have had a retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. (This type of surgery does not affect a man's ability to have erections.) Newer, nerve-sparing surgical techniques can help avoid this side effect.
Although the side effects of surgery cannot be completely avoided, your health care team can offer many tips to make your recovery from surgery as smooth as possible.