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Community Conversation => Transitioning => Orchiectomy and Penectomy => Topic started by: Carla68 on August 13, 2020, 05:10:44 am

Title: Post Orchiectomy will they grow back!!!!!
Post by: Carla68 on August 13, 2020, 05:10:44 am
Hi All,

A little light hearted this post but it does highlight how little is known by Joe public

On my way home from my post op checkup I posted on my facebook account that all had gone well and with what I thought was a joke ended with surgeon has confirmed they are not growing back

I had many responses of congratulations but I also got quite a few responses asking and then sparking further debate if they could grow back!!

Anyone else been asked if they can grow back?

worryingly do they?

Carla




Title: Re: Post Orchiectomy will they grow back!!!!!
Post by: Rakel on August 13, 2020, 05:23:29 am
Everybody knows that this type of surgery is permanent. I can only think that some people are taking your little joke to the extreme with their absurd comments.  ::)

The only question I was asked post op is "Why?"
Title: Re: Post Orchiectomy will they grow back!!!!!
Post by: Devlyn on August 13, 2020, 05:52:37 am
I've learned to always watch a mans face when I tell him I had my testicles cut off...great fun.  >:-) :laugh:

After surgery, when things had calmed down a bit downstairs, I could feel the "knots" and thought I might be stuck with them. As time passed they diminished and with nothing left to hold, the scrotum has contracted right up against my body.
Title: Re: Post Orchiectomy will they grow back!!!!!
Post by: Nadine Spirit on August 13, 2020, 06:17:22 am
Devlyn, I watch for the same thing!  I also find it hilarious when I am speaking on TG issues to college students..... I do a bit where I begin to describe the GCS surgery for MtF humans.  The looks the males give is hilarious and I generally stop my description before I panic them too much. Lol, too fun!

Uh, yeah, never had anyone ask if they would grow back though.
Title: Re: Post Orchiectomy will they grow back!!!!!
Post by: Carla68 on August 13, 2020, 06:21:58 am
Everybody knows that this type of surgery is permanent. I can only think that some people are taking your little joke to the extreme with their absurd comments.  ::)



Hi Rakel,

TBH the first comment was from a Trans friend and probably light hearted but then someone pointed out that the liver can regenerate and I think the comments after that were looking for confirmation either way just to be sure

Carla
Title: Re: Post Orchiectomy will they grow back!!!!!
Post by: Carla68 on August 13, 2020, 06:28:59 am
I've learned to always watch a mans face when I tell him I had my testicles cut off...great fun.  >:-) :laugh:

After surgery, when things had calmed down a bit downstairs, I could feel the "knots" and thought I might be stuck with them. As time passed they diminished and with nothing left to hold, the scrotum has contracted right up against my body.

Yes I have already noticed that there is a wince or swerving of hips when you mention the operation, I am kind of missing the immobility from after op when I could answer peoples question of why I was moving that way

Thank you for mentioning the knots have had a little check and did notice that. The surgeon said the same thing and also that in 4-5 months if I felt it was still too much and didn't want to go for full GCS could be trimmed back

Carla
Title: Re: Post Orchiectomy will they grow back!!!!!
Post by: Devlyn on August 13, 2020, 07:05:41 am
Devlyn, I watch for the same thing!  I also find it hilarious when I am speaking on TG issues to college students..... I do a bit where I begin to describe the GCS surgery for MtF humans.  The looks the males give is hilarious and I generally stop my description before I panic them too much. Lol, too fun!

Uh, yeah, never had anyone ask if they would grow back though.

I've been participating in a module for 5th year medical students with my wife for the last couple of years. It's to help them understand the issues that LGBTIQA+ patients may face. After the formal module we break off into focus groups with around 20 students, and if they're lucky enough to be in a group with Megan or myself, no questions are off the table. Breaking the ice and getting the first student to ask a question can be the tricky part.  :)
Title: Re: Post Orchiectomy will they grow back!!!!!
Post by: DebbieB on August 15, 2020, 10:44:02 pm
I remember going in to discuss getting a vasectomy.  During the preliminary session with the nurse, I told her that I really wanted an orchiectomy.  She spent several minutes trying to explain all of the "horrible" things that would happen if I did that, the breasts, no erections, things getting smaller, and so on.  I was in stitches by the time she was done, but I had to remember that she not only didn't know that I was transgender, but assumed that I was a cisgender heterosexual male seeking a vasectomy to prevent and future pregnancies.

Even during the procedure, I waited until he had me open and told him I wanted "$40 worth of insurance".

He wanted to know why and I told him "If the tube grows back, and there is a 1 in 4,000 chance that it might, it would cost me around $160,000 in child support and I wanted the insurance policy to pay it.

I was hoping he would take that as the hint that I really did want them removed, but instead I smelled burning, tugging, and to "thunks".  He said "I've stitched it, cauterized it, and stapled it to the bone, if it grows back, I will pay the child support.

When I finally went in for the real orchiectomy, I had to explain to the doctor that I wanted him to pull the staples and leave the scrotal tissue in case I want to get a vagina in the future.  He offered a penectomy, but I realized that I wanted to keep the head so that if I did get a vaginoplasty, they could make a clitorus.  Even so, I was so small that I would have needed some sigmoid colon to get any depth.

I didn't really want a vaginoplasty because I didn't want to have to dilate alone all the time and my wife didn't want to use a strap-on.

Most cisgender people don't know the difference between a vasectomy and an orchiectomy.  If the doctor only cuts the tubes, there is a very slim chance that one of the tubes could grow back enough to result in an unplanned pregnancy.

Of course, more often, these "miraculous growths" are a woman getting pregnant by another man and wanting the sterile man to pay the child support.