While the testicles should develop and drop while your baby is still in the womb during the last few months of pregnancy, every 1 in 25 baby boys are born with undescended testicles. Undescended testes, otherwise known as cryptorchidism, can resolve within the first year, however, if they do not, your urologist may advise surgery.
Dr Ridgard may perform undescended testicle repair surgery, otherwise known as orchiolysis and orchidopexy, to correct the placement of the testicle. Left untreated this condition may lead to infertility and increases the child's risk of developing testicular cancer.
What does an orchiolysis & orchidopexy involve?
An orchiolysis and orchidopexy of the undescended testes is usually done on a baby boy between the ages of 5 and 15 months of age. This surgery can be done for older children and adults; however, the surgery may differ. This surgery is done to move the testicle into the scrotum where it belongs by making a small incision into the groin and repositioning the testicle. Once in the correct position, the testicle is secured in place with stitches. Depending on the age of the patient, this surgery may be done with laparoscopic techniques using small incisions and a camera-guided laparoscope to perform minimally invasive surgery. In other cases, open surgery may be needed.
The recovery time may differ depending on whether the surgery was done through open or laparoscopic surgery techniques and the age of the patient.