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Old 12-21-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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My 11 mo ds may or may not have undescended testicles. I've had one doctor say not to worry - the other in our practice said we may require surgery. Apparantly they are out of the abdomen, but they are still very high up there. I have not noticed them ever to be down in his scrotum low like I think they should be.

Has anyone had experiences with this? Or any info for me? I've read that leaving this untreated can cause future infertility. Im a bit confused with the differences of opinions with my docs.

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Old 12-21-2007, 08:41 PM   #2
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personally I'd deal with it now and if surgery is an option do it......it can cause infertility and that is just devistating especially if it could be prevented.
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:44 PM   #3
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I haven't dealt with this myself but i remember a child at the childrens hospital when my dd went in for surgery and he was there to have this corrected, the mother was sitting by me so i heard the convo between her and the dr and he told her it wasnt a big deal type of surgery, it would be quick and the child would recovery quickly and would be just fine.
if you would feel better go see yet another dr and get another opinion, hopefully someone here will have more info for you but for whatever needs to be done, you will have lots of positive thoughts from us that everything turns out just fine
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:58 PM   #4
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my son had this done when he was around 2. it was very quick and he recovered super fast. i didn't want to play around with something that could affect his fertility. that said, i cried like a baby when they took him back.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:58 AM   #5
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One of my IRL best friends had to deal with this issue with her son. They gave his body a chance to self-correct the problem and then opted for surgery when he was a little under a year. They did it in two separate surgeries (one for each testicle). She considered waiting until he was 2, but decided that it was best done when he was very young and before he started building up lifetime memories.
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:07 PM   #6
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I am not wanting to scare you but the usually like to bring them down by the 1st bday if not sooner. My son was 4 when he was found to have undescended testicles, our Ped was a jerk and never diagnosed him. He suffered from HIGH temps and they may have messed his fertility up. He is now 10 and his testicles are growing slowly but seem to be ok so far. We will know if he can have children when he can give a sperm sample.
I say find a Urologist and find out if he has them or not ASAP> The younger they are when they have the surgery the easier it is ont hem.
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:35 PM   #7
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My Ethan had this problem - My ped wanted to wait until he was two to do anything about it. Luckily they both came down right before his second birthday. They have stayed down ever since
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:23 AM   #8
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Our family dr. thought that one of my boys had undescended testicles and referred us to a urologist. He said that it was true, and that he had a hernia as well, he wanted to schedule the surgery right away. I felt a little strange about it, so did some research, and made an appt. at Children's Hospital for a second opinion. The pedi. urologist at Children's said that his testicles were able to descend and that there was no hernia. I'm so glad I got a second opinion and saved my son from unnecessary surgery.

If you have the option, please go to a pediatric urologist and get a second opinion.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:36 AM   #9
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Re: undescended testicles

We are in the same boat. At my son's 18 month appointment, my Dr. noticed that both his testicles were undescended, although not terribly far up there. He just told me to keep an eye on it, and let me know if they come down in a warm bath. Well, I watched it for a few weeks, and noticed that they were not coming down at all. At a follow up appointment, he and I both decided it would be best to see a specialist. January 2nd I take him in to see a pediatric urologist. I have a feeling he will want to do the surgery, as they are both undescended. If I were you, I'd see a specialist, so you know what your options are.
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Old 12-24-2007, 09:04 AM   #10
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when I was a nanny they put the little boy on hormones for a little while to see if they would come down on their own. They did.
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