. There is, though, a fairly significant risk factor for cancer in the undescended testicle. My understanding is that the risk is still present once the testicle is brought down through surgery, but it is less than if it remains in the abdomen.
As far as the hernia, he did say that it felt as though he did have a hernia and that he appears to have fluid in the scrotal sac (which apparently is indicative of a hernia? Have to look for more information about that).
|My doc won't do adenoids at that age. Adenoids are the "factory" that makes immunoglobin and complement, and other immune factors that help protect both the intestinal tract and the lungs he would be reluctant to touch them.
I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place on this one. Generally, the adenoids don't began to shrink again (if they do at all, that is) until around age 5-7. Meanwhile, he can't breathe through his nose, he has apnea (which is really affecting his disposition at this point and I'm concerned about the long term ramifications of this), and he doesn't eat well (presumably because he can't breathe when his mouth is full of food) which is incredibly disturbing for a growing boy. So, we can leave his adenoids in and he can continue on this course for the next few years, which may affect his growth and his personality. Or we can have them out and most likely fix all of that but affect his immune function in the process. I'm leaning toward the second option partly because his immune system is quite strong as is (because it hasn't been disturbed in other ways) and partly because my reading tells me that adenoids get less and less important for immune function as a child gets older and sometimes even disappear completely in their teens. That said, I'm still not entirely comfortable with removing any part of his body. I'm just facing a very difficult balancing process here.
|Were I in your position, the only thing I would consider, would be the testicle and hernia issue. And that would be very reluctantly.
Would you feel the same in light of what I've told you in the previous paragraphs? It just doesn't seem that simple to me (I guess because I'm the one faced with the decision). It's not a simple instance of, "Don't remove them and everything will be hunky-dory." He's really incredibly uncomfortable right now and frome every indication will continue to be for quite some time.
:LOL Yeah, I've got that part covered. And thanks for the reminder about the homeopathics.
The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that I can't have this person operating on my baby.... I just don't trust him. The only way I might change my mind on that is if his ped does observe.
Crud. You know, sometimes it really sucks to be a thinking parent. This just gets harder and harder.