Hospital San Rafael
Bilateral undescended testicle repair
Orchidopexy or Undescended testicle repair is surgery to correct testicles that have not dropped down into the correct position in the scrotum.
An undescended testicle is different from a "retractile" testicle, in which the testicle drops into the scrotum and then pulls back. Retractile testicles do not need surgery.
The surgery can be used in adults and children. In some newborns, however, testicles will descend within the first year of life without medical treatment.
The surgery is done while the patient is asleep (unconscious) and pain-free under general anesthesia. The surgery may be done on an outpatient basis. The surgeon makes a cut in the groin, where most undescended testes are located.
In some cases, the procedure can be done laparoscopically, which involves smaller surgical cuts.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.
Also, if they have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, they should inform the surgeon before surgery.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Bed rest is recommended for the first 2 - 3 days. Avoid strenuous activity for at least 1 month.