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Why is surgery on an undescended testicle called for at such an early age?

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Doctors suggest surgery for an undescended testicle when the baby’s 6 to 12 months old -- 18 months at the latest. Important changes in the testicles happen very early in life. By the time a boy is just 1 year old, an undescended testicle can start to lose the cells that make sperm. And the longer the testicle stays lodged, the higher the odds that the problem could get worse.

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: “What Are Undescended Testicles (Cryptorchidism)?”

NHS: “Undescended Testicles.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Undescended Testicle.”

The American Pediatric Surgical Association Family and Parent Resource Center: “Undescended Testis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Undescended Testicle.”

PubMed: “Undescended testicle: An update on fertility in cryptorchid men.”

Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital: “Undescended Testicle (Testis): Cryptorchidism.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Undescended Testicles.”

Boston Children’s Hospital: “What Is an Undescended Testicle?”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: “What Are Undescended Testicles (Cryptorchidism)?”

NHS: “Undescended Testicles.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Undescended Testicle.”

The American Pediatric Surgical Association Family and Parent Resource Center: “Undescended Testis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Undescended Testicle.”

PubMed: “Undescended testicle: An update on fertility in cryptorchid men.”

Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital: “Undescended Testicle (Testis): Cryptorchidism.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Undescended Testicles.”

Boston Children’s Hospital: “What Is an Undescended Testicle?”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 10, 2018

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