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If the testicle doesn’t descend on its own, it should be treated to prevent future problems. Surgery is done to bring an undescended testicle into the normal position within the scrotum.
The longer a testicle remains outside the scrotum, the more likely it is that it will produce fewer sperm.
An undescended testicle has a higher risk of cancer. This is true even after the testicle is brought down into the scrotum. Bringing the testicle down makes a problem easier to find.
An undescended testicle can leave a small tear (hernia) in the wall between the abdomen and the groin. The hernia needs to be treated to prevent future problems.
The testicle is brought down into the scrotum during surgery.
You and your son are asked to arrive at the hospital or surgery center 1–2 hours before surgery.
Anesthesia is given to keep your son comfortable.
An opening (incision) is made in the groin or abdomen. Another small incision is made in the scrotum.
The testicle is detached from the tissue around it. Then it is brought down and stitched to the wall of the scrotum.
Call your health care provider if your otherwise healthy child has any of the signs or symptoms described below:
The incision bleeds or becomes red, or there is a discharge from the incision.
In an infant under 3 months old, a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher
In a child 3 to 36 months, a rectal temperature of 102°F (39.0°C) or higher
In a child of any age who has a temperature of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher
A fever that lasts more than 24-hours in a child under 2 years old, or for 3 days in a child 2 years or older
Your child has had a seizure caused by the fever
The child cries all the time.
Your son will most likely go home a few hours after surgery. He should be feeling better in 2–3 days.
The doctor may prescribe medication to relieve any pain your child has. Be sure to use it as directed.
The stitches will dissolve or be removed 7–10 days after surgery.