Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If your son has an undescended testicle, his doctor may recommend surgery for diagnosis and potential treatment:

  • Laparoscopy. A small tube containing a camera is inserted through a small incision in your son's abdomen. Laparoscopy is done to locate an intra-abdominal testicle. The doctor may be able to fix the undescended testicle during the same procedure, but an additional surgery may be needed in some cases. Alternatively, laparoscopy may show no testicle present, or a small remnant of nonfunctioning testicular tissue that is then removed.
  • Open surgery. Direct exploration of the abdomen or groin through a larger incision may be necessary in some cases.
April 11, 2013