Is A Testicular Implant Covered By Insurance?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am seeking a testicular implant. I had hernia surgery over ten years ago that subsequently developed complications. As a result, it left one testicle which got atrophied. It has since basically disappeared. I would like more information on the procedure. I am not sure of a testicular implant would be covered under insurance or not.

A: A testicular implant is a fairly simple procedure done through a small incision in the scrotum. The original testicular sac would be identified and a soft silicone testicular implant that matches the normal testicle in size would be implanted into it. Other than some swelling there is no much recovery from it. It would be be similar to the recovery from a vasectomy surgery. Testicular implants are not usually covered by insurance since it does not provide or restore any medical function.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana