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When your child's testicle does not come down to the scrotum normally, an orchidopexy surgery may be needed to bring a testicle down.
An orchidopexy is an operation to bring a testicle down into the scrotum. The testicles develop in a baby boy's abdomen when he is in the womb. The testicles usually move down into the scrotum by 35 weeks of pregnancy. Sometimes a testicle does not come down normally.
Surgery should prevent your child from having serious complications. Your child’s fertility should improve, particularly if both testicles need to be brought down, and he will find it easier when he is an adult to examine his testicles to check for any problems.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. Your surgeon will usually perform the operation through a cut on the groin and a small cut on the scrotum.
Your surgeon will free up the testicle and bring it down into the scrotum. If your surgeon finds a small testicle that is unlikely to function, they will usually remove it.
Like all surgical procedures, there are some levels of risks to consider. Some of these can be serious and can even cause death. However, you can speak to your doctor about the following general and specific complications that may worry you.
An orchidopexy is an operation to bring a testicle down into the scrotum. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.
Authors: Mr Shailinder Singh DM FRCS (Paed. Surg.), Mr Gregor Knepil FRCS (Ed.), Mr Jonathan Sutcliffe FRCS
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