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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 two hours before the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Your child will be monitored while he recovers 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
Canadian Pediatric Society http://www.cps.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/13/2014 -