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#1 of 8 Old 11-04-2009, 07:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My son is 19 months. The ped. discovered this at his last appointment. He doesn't seem to be in any pain with it. They don't know if it was always that way or if it retracted because she didn't notice it on prior examinations. We have an appointment scheduled with a specialist. The more people I talk to the more common it seems to be. Anyone have any input? He has gone through two other surgeries for a birth defect, and I'm hoping this won't require another. Although more than likely it will from what I've researched.
How long did the surgery take, recovery time, etc. would be helpful. Did I mention that the only app. I could get is the same week we are moving?
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#2 of 8 Old 11-04-2009, 11:30 PM
 
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my son is missing a testicle. I noticed it really early and he had surgery to find out if anything needed to be removed so as to not increase his odds of cancer later.
There was a small mass they removed. He was loopy for the rest of the day and fine after that. We used some of the meds after for pain, but not all of it.

I dont' know if you've tried, but give him a warm bath and see if his Teste decends in the warm. You can palpate too to see if you can feel it.
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My son had an undescended testicle as well. While it ended up coming on down our ped would have referred us to a specialist at 12-15 mos because you really can't let it go.

But, she prepared us quite well just in case and really it is all done laproscopically (hope that is a word) and would be an out patient procedure.

Wishing you the best of luck and don't worry too much.
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I wonder why the ped just now noticed it? We were told ds had an u.t. at birth. We waited a year to see if it would drop. When it didn't we had an ultrasound sometime around 15 months. There they found that it was not in his abdomen, but moving down. We were told to wait until he was 2-3 for further action.

I've talked to a few people, both online and irl, and from what i understand it is a common thing and often does come down on its own. It seems that waiting until age 3 to take surgical action is current practice. I did do some minor research on accupuncture/chiro care for this and didn't find anything.

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My son was 14 months when he had his surgery. The surgery took about 2 hrs from the time I left him to when he awoke from surgery. The hardest part for me was the no nursing for 3 hrs before surgery. He woke up at 4:15am and cried and cried b/c he was so upset and confused I could not nurse him. When he woke up from the surgery, he was not crying just looked scared and upset that he was in an unfamilair place. I was able to nurse him immediately and he clung on to me for dear life. When he was discharged within 20min he was near his normal self. I was amazed how happy and spunky he was. He was walking all over the house like nothing happened.

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Thank you for your replies everyone. It's good to hear from others in a similar situation. I guess we will wait and see what the specialist says. I hate the waiting. I wish it was over and done with. DS does not do well with anesthesia. Poor little guy. Any time I feel sorry for our situation, I remember all of the families that we met at Childrens' Hospital and all of the far more serious issues they are facing and it makes me thankful we don't have worse issues to deal with. It is still looming over me though
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My son's wasn't discovered until 18 months. His was partially descended and I think that was the issue with missing it.

He has the surgery within a week of seeing the specialist-I think he was 19ish months. They told me that cellular changes (talking fertility here, not cancer) start very early so they like to have it done before 18 months.

My son's was complicated in that the testicle was stuck essentially so his surgery took longer and was more complicated than they had expected. Still, his recovery was absolutely fine.

Kids with an undescended testicle are at higher risk of testicular cancer in both testicles. The timing of bringing it down (or not) doesn't matter for that. But a big reason to bring down the testicle outside of preserving fertility is so that the child can detect lumps in the testicle.

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Our son had an undescended testicle at birth. We were going to wait a year and see if it descended on it's own. However, he developed an inguinal hernia and had to have emergent surgery at 6 months. The recovery was a couple of days... not too bad... although it felt like a nightmare going through it. Hindsight is always easier. I just mention this because no one told me that boys with undesended testicles are at higher risk for hernias, which can be life threatening if ignored. If he seems exceptionally fussy and has a 'bulge' in his abdomen area, take him to the doctor or ER immediately.
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