A prosthesis is any artificial device used to replace a body part. When a male is born without a testicle or must have one removed due to injury or disease, a doctor may implant a testicular prosthesis to fill in the empty space in the scrotum (the sac that contains the testicles). The prosthesis is used only to improve appearance and to calm psychological fears. It does not have any functions of a real testicle. More often than not, requests for a testicular prosthesis come from those who are born with and later lose a testicle, rather than from those who have always been missing a testicle.
What conditions or events can cause a missing testicle?
– Malformed or missing at birth
– Surgical removal due to injury, such as severe torsion (twisting)
– Failure to descend into the scrotum
– Removed due to infection
– Removal in order to treat, testicular cancer
– As part of a female-to-male gender reassignment surgery