How would my child be treated for undescended testes?

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If the testis has not descended by the first 6 months of life it is unlikely to do so. In addition, the testis, which functions and grows better in its scrotal position,may undergo damage as early as one year of life if left outside of the scrotum. We therefore recommend surgical correction of undescended testes at 6 to 12 months of age.

A non-palpable testis represents one of three scenarios:

  • the testis is actually in the inguinal canal and for one reason or another cannot be palpated;
  • the testis is inside the abdomen; 
  • the testis does not exist on that side.
Our preference to differentiate among these three possibilities is to perform laporoscopy followed by the appropriate procedure (that is, orchidopexy vs. removal of testicular remnant) in the same sitting. Many intra-abdominal testes can be brought down into the scrotum via laporoscopy alone. Frequent testicular examinations are required to check for early development of testicular tumors.

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