Undescended Testicle - Topic Overview
When babies have a testicle that can't be felt, doctors may do a different surgery that needs only a small
Another treatment is hormone therapy. It may cause the testicle to drop down into the scrotum. If it works, surgery isn't needed. But it doesn't always work, and it may cause side effects.
Why is it important to treat an undescended testicle?
Treatment is important, because having an undescended testicle increases
the risk of:
Damage to a testicle's sperm-making ability can begin as early as 12 months of age. That's why many
doctors advise treating an undescended testicle by the time a baby is 1 year
old and no later than age 2.
- Cancer of the testicles. Men who have undescended testicles have a higher rate of testicular cancer than other men. But this cancer is rare. It can be cured if found early. If you are a young man who has an undescended testicle, talk to your
doctor about what you should do.