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Laparoscopic Cryptorchidectomy

What is Cryptorchidism?

Cryptorchidism (retained testicle) is a condition in which one or both testicles fail to drop down into the scrotum.

Retained testicles can cause problems such as becoming cancerous or twisted (both potentially life-threatening conditions), so it’s important to have them removed while your dog is young.

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What Is Laparoscopic Cryptorchidectomy?

It is the term used for the removal of an abdominal testicle using a small camera that is inserted into the abdominal cavity through a 1cm incision.

Through this port, a telescope is placed in the abdomen; The testicle is clamped with forceps and removed from the abdominal incision.

Because undescended testicles are usually much smaller than testes in the scrotum, they can often be pulled through a telescopic port.

How Is Retained Testicle Keyhole Surgery Performed?

The laparoscopic technique is usually  performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that your companion likely will not need to spend the night in the hospital. 

A scope (camera) is inserted into the abdominal cavity through a 1 cm -2cm incision. Via this port, an operating telescope is placed into the abdomen; the testicle is grasped with forceps and pulled out of the abdominal incision. Because cryptorchid testicles are typically much smaller than testicles within the scrotum, they usually can be pulled through the telescope port.

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What Are The Benefits Compared To The Traditional Method?

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The wounds of the laparoscopic approach are minimal, around 1 cm compared to 6-15cm of a traditional spay. So there is a decreased amount of postoperative wound complications.


Direct access to the ovaries significantly decreases tissue trauma, pain, bleeding and bruising to your pet’s internal organs and muscles.


Due to the combination of smaller incisions and reduced tissue traction, your pet is less prone to infection.


Laparoscopic spay research found that there is 65% less pain compared to a traditional spay. As the incision site is much smaller, this also means there is less scarring and less painful healing. 


Reduced pain and fast healing means your pet can return to their normal activities 5 days later compared to a traditional spy which is two weeks. 


How long does it take to recover from cryptorchid surgery?

After the procedure, recovery typically takes 10-14 days. It is beneficial to limit your dog's activity to help in the reduction of swelling as much as possible.

At what age should a cryptorchid be neutered?

Until the inguinal ring closes at around 6 months of age, there is always a chance of testicles descending. Therefore, the best time for this surgery would be after 6 months of age.

What happens if a cryptorchidism is left untreated in dogs?

Undescended testicles can become cancerous and or twisted, so it is important to have them removed.

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