As a baby boy grows inside his mother, he develops testicles. Early in his development, his testicles are in his belly. Normally, before he is born, his testicles move down into his scrotum, the sac that hangs below the penis. When one testicle does not move into the scrotum as it should, the baby has an undescended testicle. In rare cases, both testicles are undescended.
This condition is most common in baby boys who were born before their due date or who were very small at birth. Usually doctors recommend a wait-and-see approach for newborns. If the testicle hasn't dropped on its own within 6 months, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery is done when the baby is 9 to 15 months old.
If surgery is recommended for your child, trust the expertise of the pediatric urologists at St. Luke’s.