Medicine advances fast, and a big benefit of your child having his undescended testicle surgery now and not 30 years ago is how they’ll fix the testicle into his scrotum. Up to the late 1980’s (and longer in parts of the UK) the normal practice was to make a cut in your son’s groin, find the testicle, poke a finger down into his scrotum, make a cut in the scrotum, push the testicle down and put 3 stitches in the back of the testicle attaching it to the scrotum. This is how mine is fixed, and it has real drawbacks:
- It can’t move. In hot or cold weather I experience a sharp, painful pull, when the testicle wants to hang where the stitches won’t let it be.
- It’s been found to damage fertility
- After sex the muscles in the groin/thigh on that side really ache – something to do with the testicle pulling on them
- The surgeon can put too much tension on the testicle
Today, surgeons use a technique developed in 1970 where they create a pouch in the scrotum (a subdartos pouch), place the testicle in it, and – like a drawstring bag – tighten the neck of the pouch with stitches. The testicle is permanently held in place, and your son has no stitches put into his testicle. Lucky him!