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Orchiopexy for Undescended Testicle

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Orchiopexy is surgery to move one or both of your child's undescended testicles from his lower abdomen into his scrotum.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Seek care immediately if:

  • Blood soaks through your child's bandage.
  • Your child's wound or bandage has pus or a bad smell.

Call your child's doctor or surgeon if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has chills, a cough, or feels weak and achy.
  • Your child is vomiting or urinating less than usual.
  • Your child is irritable and crying more than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Medicines:

Your child may need any of the following:

  • Antibiotics help prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your child's healthcare provider how to give this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not give your child other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to a healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your child's healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Activity:

Let your child rest and sleep as much as he wants. He should not use toys that must be straddled, like a tricycle or toy horse, for 2 weeks. Your child may return to normal activity when his healthcare provider says it is okay.

Apply ice as directed:

Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Use an ice pack or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel, and place it on your child's surgery area or between his legs for 15 to 20 minutes every hour as directed.

Follow up with your child's doctor or surgeon as directed:

Your child may need an ultrasound test so healthcare providers can check the condition of his testicles. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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