Undescended testis Orchidopexy (2138)

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What is an undescended testicle (testis)? testes

Shortly before birth, a boy's testicles should drop into the scrotum. If a testicle doesn't drop down, it is called undescended testicle (testis). If it has not dropped down by about 6 to 12 months of age, surgery may be needed.

How is it found and treated?

Why is surgery needed?

How is the surgery done? 

What happens after surgery?


The day of his procedure, limit your child’s diet to light foods that will digest easily. The nurse will review this with you before you go home.


Your child’s allowed activity will vary based on their age. The surgeon will review activity restrictions with you.



Complications are rare, but may include: 


Your doctor will tell you when to follow-up in the clinic. Most often this is 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery.

Pediatric Urology:

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Monday through Friday and weekends, 4:30pm to 8:00 - (414) 266-2000 ask for the Urology Resident on call



Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has:

  • A temperature higher than 101° F (38.5° C).
  • Bleeding from the incision that is more than light spotting on the dressing.
  • Vomiting that does not go away after 24 hours.
  • Pain that is not helped by medicine or is getting worse.
  • Signs of infection. This includes pus or bad smelling drainage from the incisions, increased swelling, warmth and redness of the incision.
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information.