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On the Day of the Surgery
Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Weeks Most babies will fully recover in one to two weeks.
Question & Answer
What does the procedure involve?
Tiny incisions are made in one or both sides of the groin and in the abdomen, allowing a camera and instruments to operate inside the body. When the cord that holds the testis in the scrotum is located, the surgeon will release it from the surrounding tissue so that the cord's full length is used. A small cut is made in the scrotum, and a pouch is created. Then, the testicle is dropped into the scrotum and secured. Sometimes a button will be used to hold the testicle in place until it is fully healed. This is removed a few weeks following surgery. The surgery is typically performed with the child being under general anesthesia.
How many incisions are made?
Three tiny incisions are made in the abdomen.
How long do will my baby stay in the hospital?
In most cases, babies are hospitalized for one to two days.
What are the risks of waiting to have the corrective surgery?
While it is typically not an emergency surgery, sometimes an inguinal hernia may develop and cut off the blood circulation. Most pediatric surgeons recommend having the surgery at or around seven to 15 months of age to allow for normal development as the child grows. Additionally, if surgery is delayed until a child is older or in his teens, there is an increased risk of testicular cancer.
What is the recovery time?
Most babies recover within two weeks.
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