Undescended Testicle: How We Treat

How is an undescended testicle treated?

If a testicle can be felt within the groin, your child may undergo a surgical procedure called an orchiopexy. During this procedure, a small incision is made in the groin so the testicle can be located. A second incision is then made at the base of the scrotum where the testicle is placed, to prevent it from twisting or moving upward.

In about 20% of males, the testicle cannot be felt within the groin. This can mean that a testicle is not present, or that it is within the abdomen. The presence and location of the testicle is determined by a surgical procedure called laparoscopy, where a camera is placed into the abdomen to look for the testicle. If the testicle is found and is healthy, it can then be brought into the scrotum. This may require more than one step, especially if the testicle is found within the abdomen. If the testicle is not healthy, it may be necessary to remove it. These operations are usually outpatient procedures, so the child does not need to spend the night in the hospital.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s undescended testicle?

Our urologic surgeons have extensive experience in diagnosis and treatment of undescended testicles and understand that this can be a very sensitive topic for parents and families. We work with the family to ensure that the best course is taken for every child. We also believe that it is essential to constantly assess our outcomes, and ensure that our results are always available to families.