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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
If your son's testicle does not descend on its own before his first birthday, his surgeon will most likely recommend a type of surgery called orchiopexy to move the testicle down into the scrotum.
Not always. However, it's highly recommended in order to reduce the risk of cancer or infertility and to improve your son's body image through adolescence and adulthood, and to reduce long-term effects and the risk of cancer or infertility.
In most cases, doctors are able to repair an undescended testicle with a single, simple operation.
Most surgeries to treat undescended testicles occur at around 12 months of age.
Complications from surgery are relatively rare but in some cases can include bleeding and infection. The most common complication—which is still quite rare, is when the moved testicle goes back up into the groin. In this case, doctors will need to perform another surgery. In very rare cases, a testicle can lose its blood supply, which will render it nonviable. It will then become scar tissue. But again, this is very rare.
Kids often go home later that day or the next morning.
Your son may feel some discomfort after his operation, but most boys feel better after about a day. Your doctor will probably recommend that your son avoid sitting on riding toys for about two weeks in order to prevent injury to the testicle. You can expect annual follow-up examinations so the doctor can check that the testicle is growing normally.
No parents want their child to have a medical condition, and it's important to remember that you and your family aren't alone.
Boston Children's Hale Family Center for Families is dedicated to helping families locate the information and resources they need to better understand their child's particular condition and take part in their care. All patients, families and health professionals are welcome to use the center's services at no extra cost.
The Center for Families is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please call 617-355-6279.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”