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Orchidopexy

Surgery for undescended testicles

A simple surgical procedure to move undescended testicles to their correct position in the scrotum

About

In the womb, a baby boy's testicles form within his abdomen before they descend into the scrota. Sometimes one testicle, or both, will remain inside the abdomen after birth. An orchidopexy is a simple procedure to correct the condition and return the testicle to its normal position in the scrotum.

Need to know

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    The operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic. It should take between 45 minutes and one hour. Your consultant will usually carry out the procedure through a small cut on the groin and a small cut on the scrotum. They will free up the testicle and bring it down into the scrotum. If the consultant finds a small, underdeveloped testicle that is unlikely to function, they will usually remove it.
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    Your consultant will talk you through the procedure, including any possible risks and side effects, answer any questions you may have and let you know how long beforehand your child should avoid eating and drinking.
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    This is usually carried out as a day case so your child should be able to go home the same day. You'll be advised on how to care for the area around the cuts, and when your child can return to their normal routine. In older children, it's usual to go back to school about a week after this type of procedure, and they should avoid playing sports or riding a bicycle for six weeks.
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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Urology Associates facility

    London Urology Associates

    18 Devonshire Street

    Marylebone

    London W1G 7AF

    Contact number: 0203 553 1337

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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