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Two to three percent of the boys have only 1 or no testicle in the scrotum at birth. In some of them a spontaneous descent can still occur during the first year of life. We often see that the testicles are sporadically visible in the scrotum, and at other times not. In that case, it concerns so-called “retractile” testicles, and no surgical treatment is necessary: due to the growth of the testicle and gravity, they will be permanently in the scrotum over time. If the testicle does not descend spontaneously, it is best to surgically insert it into the scrotum as soon as possible (preferably during the first year of life). In this way, fertility is maximally preserved. In addition, with an undescended testicle that remains in its incorrect position, there is an increased risk of developing testicular cancer later.
Surgical repair is done through 2 small cuts: 1 in the groin and 1 in the scrotum. We plan this procedure through the pediatric day hospital.

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