Last reviewed 01/2018

Orchidectomy is the surgical removal of the testes.

It is indicated for tumours of the testes, where it can be part of the diagnostic process.

Subcapsular orchidectomy is used as a treatment for prostatic cancer, where it may be considered a form of hormonal manipulation. Both testes are removed, but the testicular capsules are left in-situ and fill with blood clot which preserves the scrotal contour.