In male infants, the testicles develop in the abdomen and descend into the scrotum during the last
months before birth.
An orchiopexy is surgery done to secure the testes in the scrotum. This will correct undescended
testes or torsion of the testicles. It will take 2-3 weeks for the groin and scrotal incisions to heal.
Expect some swelling and bruising. The sutures will dissolve in about 2 weeks.
No strenuous activity for 2 weeks.
No bike riding, tree climbing or anything else that requires straddling for 2 to 4 weeks.
No swimming or hot tubs.
No contact sports, wrestling, or rough games for 3 weeks.
If your child was given a scrotal support, make sure he uses it as the doctor ordered.
Keep the groin and scrotum clean and dry for 48 hours.
Do not give your child a bath for 2 days after surgery. He can shower or rinse off sooner if
stool gets on his groin or scrotum.
The local pain medicine given to your child during surgery will wear off in 4 to 6 hours.
Give your child the prescribed pain medicine as needed. Remember that narcotics can cause
constipation so use carefully.
Put cool packs on the scrotal area as needed to help with pain and swelling.
You may start giving your child Children’s Tylenol® 3 days after surgery instead of the
narcotic pain medicine.
Your child’s stomach may be upset after surgery. First, offer clear liquids such as ice chips,
Popsicles®, 7-Up®, and Jell-O®. Next, try foods that are easy to digest like soda crackers or dry
white toast. A regular diet may be given the next day. If your child has nausea or vomits, start
again with clear liquids and slowly advance.
Follow-up Clinic Visit
Your child’s follow-up visit with the doctor should be in 2-3 weeks after surgery.
When to Call the Doctor
Spreading redness or red streaks from the incision associated with a fever of 101.5º or above.
Foul smell or pus-like drainage.
Trouble passing urine.
Pain not controlled by pain medicine
Chills or a fever over 101.5º F.
Nausea or vomiting that doesn’t go away.
If you have any problems, please call your clinic or doctor.
Pediatric Urology Clinic, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, (608) 263-6420
After hours, nights and weekends, the clinic number will be answered by the paging operator.
Ask for the Urology Resident on call. Give the operator your name and phone number with the
area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942.
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #6525.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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