Son with retracted testicle - any stories?

Elfrieda - posted on 06/18/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son's left testicle popped back up when he was 5 weeks old. The dr wasn't too concerned, as he could feel it right at the opening. He wanted to see if it would come down again.

Well, my son's 18 month check-up is coming up, and it's still not down. I've looked on the internet, and there are a variety of opinions on this. Some boys have an operation when they are age 4-8, but other websites say that you've got to do it before the age of 2, otherwise the fertility aspect will suffer.

If there are any moms who have dealt with this, I'd like to get your stories and opinions. My husband says we need to get it done before he starts feeling self-conscious about it, I'm not sure what the dr will say, since he's a very "Wait and See" kind of guy, and I think it might be difficult to keep an incision clean when my baby's still in diapers, but I certainly want grandchildren (that's weird to think about!), so I don't want to compromise his fertility.

Advice? The appointment's on Wednesday. If I want to, I'm sure the dr will refer me to a surgeon, but I don't know how much to trust what a surgeon says. Don't surgeons always want to cut?

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Same issue with my son, but the testicle descended on its own by 8-9 months.
Sort of related: when I was getting my 6 month old pup neutered, the vet noticed only one testicle. She said that she would have to do an ultra sound to locate the 2nd one, in order to neuter, and prevent any type of abnormal growth. Sure enough, she foudn the 2nd testicle in an intenstinal cavitity. The vet later explained that it's similar in human boys too-the health risks can be detrimental if the testicles are not descended properly. Good luck on the follow-up!

User - posted on 06/19/2011

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My little guy ended up not needing surgery (dropped on its own). But, when speaking to the doctor, he said the younger the better and he would sleep through most of the "recovery".

Sheila

Shaunae - posted on 06/19/2011

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Honestly I never had this kind of problem with my son but I have had the wait and see kind of doctors with my son. I ended up taking my son to another doctor for another point of view children specialists to me are the best for situations like this. I don't take my son to family doctors anymore only children specialists and they usually are up front and truthful with me about everything.

Constance - posted on 06/19/2011

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My son was born with both undecended he had his surgery wen he was about 20 monthes. he did have some discomfort afterwards they sent him home with tylenol 3. I only had to give him a dose three times and that was in the first 24 hours. After that a little motrin or regular tylenol id the trick but within a couple of day no pain as far as I know.
Fertility isn't the only reason the doctor's repair this as early as possiable it also increases the riskof testicular cancer. Please don't freak out not trying to scare you I promise. It normally doesn't effect until mid 20's and later. Most cases don't even need chemo o radiation. He just has to do self checks once a month just like us checking fo anything abnormal.
The surgery is out patient. Ii was in and out of the hosipital in about six hours.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/19/2011

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Thanks, that's very helpful.
Did your son have a lot of pain afterwards?

User - posted on 06/18/2011

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Hi Elfrieda,

This happened with my son. We were referred to a specialist who kept track of him. He was very specific that if it wasn't down by 18 months, he woud recommend surgery because of the fertility aspect. It was very odd having a conversation about my eight week old's son's potential abililty to be a father! The specialist (a urologist) that we saw is very well respected within our community, and I trusted him completely (oddly enough, he saw my father through prostate cancer....long before my son).

I would not take a wait and see approach. I think we all know couples who have struggled to conceive, and I would hate for you to see your son go through that. If the doctor puts you off, I would insist on seeing another urologist or surgeon who will perform the surgery necessary...AND it is amazing what they are doing now with surgery...the incision will probably be less than an inch.

Sheila

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