Undecended testicles! What should I do? Pls help!!!

NANCY - posted on 04/27/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My boy is a year old, born March 30, 2010. Both his testicles were not fully down at birth. But eventually one decended fully and one pulled further up. I visited a urologist today and she suggested that the only way to correct it by surgery. I am terrified to undergo the surgery. I can't make myself think of him under full anesthesia. Has anyone encountered the same problem? How did u handle it? If underwent surgery how was it? Any one heard of complications due to surgery? which one out weighes? Please help, I'm so terrified!

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JuLeah - posted on 04/28/2011

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No easy answer here. Yes, I do think surgery is the way to correct this (least I have never heard of another method) and yes, I think it needs to be corrected.
But, get a 2nd opinion, if you don't feel good about this, or a 3rd. My child had an opperation, so I can relate. I fully trusted the doctor, read up on what would happen, educated myself, met all the players, had support for myself ... that was how I did it, you will find your path. don't be afraid to ask questions

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Jessica - posted on 08/03/2011

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ok... heres the deal linda. I am at my wits end with ppl thinking they need to give me unsolicited, and unasked for, advice, then getting bent up bc I tell them so, so I may be a bit short, after all, I live with one who then goes "you seem more irritable today" and tries to blame "mental illness", which btw, SHE has, and mine doesn't effect that. When ppl are being irritating I am irritated WITH them. that being said.

I have done my own research, and my doc has even said it is OK to wait. he is not even two year old yet. it's OK to wait... in fact he recommended it.

I know it "can" cause speech problems. you know what else it "can" do? stretch and correct itself. It was only an issue while breast feeding and my doc then sucked. didn't care, and the lactation consultant kept blaming me for not positioning him right. I have known he was tied since day 1. I have had PLENTY of time to know what the options are and what it could do. And since I did not ask, I can safely say, I do not care what you "advise". Our insurance does not cover dentistry for kids under 3... so now we just SOL now aint we. He talks. The doc said that was a good sign... means it stretched some and might still stretch more.

I "advise" you re think your completely unsolicited advise and remember that I too am a mom, and that I am not an idiot, as well as remember that any doctor worth a damn would have already told me all this. I do not take my kids to docs I do not consider worth a damn. thank you.

Linda - posted on 08/03/2011

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@Stephanie--my son also had his tongue "tied". I would actually advise you getting an opinion of this from his dentist. My dentist is the one who alerted me to the problem in the first place--and it can cause speech problems. If you get it cut with a laser, then it is virtually painless and takes almost no time to heal. The only thing the doctor told my son was to stick out his tongue a lot that day! :)

As far as the surgery for the testicles goes, I don't know anything about that. However, my 4th son did need extensive surgery on his penis at age 1 (THere was no hole at the end of it for urine.) I understand that is is scary to put our babies under general anethesia...but I think it is often better at that age than later when they'll remember it. Also, I was just thankful it was not heart surgery! Oh--and I spent the whole time praying! (He was fine.)

NANCY - posted on 08/03/2011

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I'm happy for u Tasha. I know how worisome that was. I have a good news too. My baby's surgery was supposed to be August 4, tomorrow, but when we went back for a final check up yesterday we found out that it was half way down. So i decided to wait and check with the urologist after 3 months. I believe God will show us his miracles decending it fully. Fingers crossed. Thank u moms for ur support n valuale comments.

Jessica - posted on 08/03/2011

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that is good news Tasha. ^.^ Now that's one less worry from a stack I find I have as a mom(so I am sure you do too).

Tasha - posted on 08/03/2011

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Well my son is 10 almost 11 and his old school dr always said it will fall when he is a bit older. I go to a new doctor recently and she suggested a urologist. I tried calling a child urologist but didn't get one so we waited and today it finally descended. I don't know if I should have waited but I trusted the other doctor's opinion because I went to him as a child, and today it happened just like he said. GOOD LUCK!!

Jessica - posted on 04/29/2011

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no experience their. My doctor mentioned that my oldest little ones testicles were "a little high", but he also said "I prefer to wait for them to drop on their own". I didn't even know it was a problem with anyone else. I know some remedies to drop adults testicles but I never knew moms were worrying about this. It's really that big. I never put the two together until I read this either... but at our last visit our doctor said he was fine. Same thing with his tongue being tied. His tongue skin thing (too tired to remember the name of it) stretched out. I know nothing about this condition except that remedies exist to drop them in adults and my son had it and surgery was only mentioned and the doctor wasn't concerned about it either so we just waited.

Nancy. I think you just need to choose which side of "what if" you think is less worrisome. IF they don't correct themselves, then you have to worry about this and that, and if you let them do surgery, you worry about something else, and the other thing...

Which set of worries brings you and your child less strife? And since I know nothing about this surgery anyone wanna tell me what is supposed to happen if it doesn't either correct itself or have surgery done?

NANCY - posted on 04/28/2011

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Thank you all. Your comments are comforting. The problem is I couldnt wrap my mind around it. Just reading the consent form I have to sign during the surgery give me chills. I know it is a very important surgery but I dont know how to come to terms with the reality no matter how many articles I read or how many people I talk too. I have read that one testicle can also function. Is there any chance I wait till he is a little bit older and try get it removed latter to avoid risk of cancer later in life? Any one with that line of experience? I appreciate ur support moms, Thanks.

Jennie - posted on 04/28/2011

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My nephew had the same problem and he had surgery as well. My sister was just as nervous as you are. I have 3 boys, all of them have ended up fine in that area but the baby, who is 7 now, needed surgery when he was 2. I was terrified of him going under, but it was ok. I have never heard of complications of this kind of surgery but I know if it is not taken care of, your son could have complications later in life. It is normal to be scared and worried and go through every thought in your mind of what "could" happen, that what moms do. He needs the surgery though. Good Luck :o)

Mary Kay - posted on 04/28/2011

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I think this is a pretty common condition, and I also understand (from my son's doctor) that surgery is the only way to fix it for sure. Undescended testicles can cause lots of problems and it's better taken care of when they're tiny as opposed to when they are big and surgery will be a bigger deal. Talk to your son's doctor and hopefully they can explain everything fully. Good luck!

Deanna - posted on 04/28/2011

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Hi. I don't have any sons, but my friend's boy who was born just before my youngest had this exact problem. It is a common thing and although it may be hard to let him have the surgery it is better for him in the future. I haven't heard of any complications and my friend said her little fella was back to his old self within a couple of days. It takes a while to heal and you'll have to be careful when changing his little bum but you will get told how to look after the wound by your doc before the surgery. It is pretty much day surgery by what she was saying. Talk to his doc if you need too. :)

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