Orchy (FAQ) what to expect post-op | Dr. Reed | The Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery

Am planning to have an orchiectomy in a month or so with Dr. Reed. What should I expect?  Arlene

Dear Arlene,

Please review our orchiectomy (FYI) E-mail we send to all prospective transgender orchiectomy patients.  We do recommend you have a lady friend be with you post op and that you stay at one of our “recommended” hotels.  In that you will be given intravenous sedation, you’ll not be able to personally drive for 24 hours.  Our affordable orchiectomy ($2,500) includes surgery, use of the facility, any followup care we provide, local anesthesia and IV sedation.

We’ll apply a compressive dressing that covers you scrotum and lower pubis and we recommend you keep this on for 48 hours. Assuming you are doing well, you could return home.  Although we use absorbable sutures, cosmetically, your incision may heal nicer if they are removed in about 2 weeks.

As a rule after 10 days you can resume estrogens, but the dosage is generally reduced by a third.  Please confer with your hormone providing doctor. No stressful physical activities or straddle positions such as bike or motorcycle riding for 7 weeks.

Once healed you’ll find tucking easier and of course a lot less protrusion down there.

Please look at our web-site for before and after photos of our sex change surgery on

Call us with any concerns.


Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery | Miami



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