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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.
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight an infection caused by bacteria. Give your child this medicine exactly as ordered by his healthcare provider. Do not stop giving your child the antibiotics unless directed by his healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or give your child leftover antibiotics that were given to him for another illness.
- Pain medicine: Your child may need medicine to take away or decrease pain. Know how often your child should get the medicine and how much. Watch for signs of pain in your child. Tell healthcare providers if his pain continues or gets worse. To prevent falls, stay with your child to help him get out of bed.
- 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.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider 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.
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 he feels ready.
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 incision or between his legs for 15 to 20 minutes every hour as directed.
Contact your child's healthcare provider 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.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your child's bandage.
- Your child's wound or bandage has pus or a bad smell.
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