Orchiopexy: Undescended Testicle Repair Surgery
At Unidad de Urología, Dr. Luis Herrera has significant experience working with young infants and their families to treat the condition of an undescended testicle. At our Tijuana, Mexico, practice, we understand the stress and concern that parents go through at this time. Therefore, it is our aim to provide world-class and cost-effective solutions, in addition to a safe and comfortable experience for your young child. For adult patients who never had an undescended testicle corrected at an early age, we can also discuss your candidacy regarding an orchiopexy.
What is an Orchiopexy?
An orchiopexy—commonly referred to as testicle repair surgery—is most commonly performed on infants between the ages of five months and 15 months old. However, if an undescended testicle is not corrected as a child, the surgery may be performed on an adult. The primary goal of the procedure is to correct a condition called cryptorchidism, which occurs when the testicle does not descend into from a young boy’s abdomen into the scrotum. If left untreated, the condition may cause an increased risk for infertility, testicular cancer, and hernias.
To ensure that your child experiences optimal comfort throughout the surgery, our anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia. Depending on the location of the testicle, Dr. Herrera will make one or two small incisions around the groin to locate and examine the health of the testicle. Once it has been properly examined, he will carefully make a small incision under the scrotal skin, which will allow him to move the undescended testicle into the scrotum. Small, dissolvable sutures will be used to close the incision.
We follow the highest safety standards to ensure that surgery and recovery go exactly as planned.
What to Expect during Recovery
Prior to returning home, our team will provide in-depth resources to assist you with postoperative care for your child. Some of these instructions may include proper diet, nutrition, and schedules for pain medication. Typically, we recommend that patients limit their food and liquid intake to clear fluids for the first few hours. If you see that your child is handling the clear liquids well, a light diet consisting of soup, applesauce, or hot cereal may be administered after a few hours. Your child should be able to return to their normal diet the following day. We will also provide information regarding pain medication schedules, bathing information, and activity approvals.
When to Contact Your Surgeon
At Unidad de Urología, we follow the highest safety standards to ensure that surgery and recovery go exactly as planned. However, just like any other type of medical procedure, there are minor risks and complications that can occur, including:
- Unexplained pain
- Increased tenderness around the incision
- Abnormal swelling and redness
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation that does not improve
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our office as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn more about our practice, the experience of Dr. Herrera, or would like more details regarding an orchiopexy, please send us a message, or call our office at (619) 392-8516. A member of our staff will be happy to speak with you.