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Reasons for Procedure
- Movement of the testicle back up into groin after surgery
- Damage to or loss of the testicle
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Injury to surrounding structures
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Imaging, blood, and urine tests
- Discuss the anesthesia being used and the risks of surgery
- Bring special toys, books, and comfortable clothing for your child.
Your child will need to avoid eating for a period of time before surgery.
- For children younger than one year, it is often recommended that they do not eat after midnight the night before the surgery.
- Clear liquids, such as breast milk, water, and clear juices, may be allowed up to 2 hours before the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Your child will be monitored while during recovery from the anesthesia.
- Your child will be given pain medications as needed.
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your child's incisions covered
- Washing both you and your child's hands often, and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your child's healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your child's incision
- Give medications to treat pain and prevent infection as directed.
- Engage in gentle play. Avoid tiring activities for a few weeks. Your child should avoid sitting on or riding a bicycle for about a week after the surgery.
- Monitor your child for signs of pain. These may include irritability, trouble moving, sweating, or pale skin.
Call Your Child’s Doctor
- Increasing pressure or pain
- Redness, drainage, puffiness, or soreness around the incision site(s)
- Changes in frequency, odor, appearance, or volume of urine
- Difficulty urinating
- Signs of infection, including fever or chills
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
Caring for Kids—Canadian Pediatric Society http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/13/2014 -