A 70-year-old patient diagnosed with testicular cancer has had testicular surgery. On the day of discharge the nurse gave him instructions and told him correctly that:

He must report a fever to the physician

Explanation

•If the patient experiences chills, fever, drainage, redness, or increasing pain, the physician should be notified because it may be a sign of infection.

•The risks associated with prolonged sitting with posttesticular surgery is not as high as with prostate surgery. With prostate surgery, sitting must be avoided because it can cause hemorrhage.

•With testicular surgery, a prosthesis is often inserted during the surgical procedure.

•The patient may be allowed to drive one week after testicular surgery.

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