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Sometimes, baby boys are born with one or both testicles inside the abdomen or groin, rather than in the scrotum. This is called undescended testicles . Orchiopexy is a surgery to lower the testicle(s) into the scrotum. The scrotum is the external sac that holds the testicles.
The procedure is done to treat undescended testicles that do not move down on their own. If left untreated, infertility problems can develop later in life.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. Your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Testicle moves back up into groin after surgery
- Damage to the testicle
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Injury to surrounding structures
Discuss these risks with the doctor before the surgery.