Objective: To better understand patient decision-making and genital satisfaction associated with postorchiectomy testicular prosthesis (TP) implantation in patients with germ cell tumors of the testicle. Materials and Methods: An electronic survey to assess TP decision-making and genital satisfaction was distributed to patients via an institutional database (n = 70) and social media outlets (n = 167). Statistical analyses were performed using chi-square tests for categorical variables, Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney tests for continuous variables, and multivariate regression analyses to identify independent predictors of receiving a prosthesis, genital satisfaction, and prosthesis satisfaction. Results: 24.9% of respondents elected to receive a TP, but 42% of men without a prosthesis reported never being offered one. Identifying as a heterosexual man (2.86) and receiving a TP (odds ratio = 3.29) were both positive predictors of overall genital satisfaction. Having the orchiectomy performed at an academic institution (odds ratio = 2.87) was a positive predictor of testicular prosthesis TP placement. 89.8% of TP recipients were satisfied with the look of their prosthetic, but only 59.3% of respondents were satisfied with prosthetic feel. Conclusion: There are high levels of genital satisfaction in those who elect to receive a TP postorchiectomy. Associations between TP placement, genital satisfaction, and sexuality merit further investigation. Our results also indicate that patients who pursue an orchiectomy at an academic institution are more likely to receive a TP. The use of social media to recruit study participants in urology should be explored further.
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