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    I have a question...or two

    Why do most surgeons wait until the child is 3 to do the surgery?

    What are the pros and cons for doing it earlier/later?

    What are the options of who performs the surgery?

    What is the recovery like?

    How long is the surgery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ted View Post
    I have a question...or two

    Why do most surgeons wait until the child is 3 to do the surgery?

    What are the pros and cons for doing it earlier/later?

    What are the options of who performs the surgery?

    What is the recovery like?

    How long is the surgery?
    I can't answer your questions but we were told it had to be done before 2, problem is they only really picked it up when he was 15/16 months and it's taken this long for things to start happening. I think the research Changes every so often, as before, I was told it used to be as long as it was done by age 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAgirl View Post
    I can't answer your questions but we were told it had to be done before 2, problem is they only really picked it up when he was 15/16 months and it's taken this long for things to start happening. I think the research Changes every so often, as before, I was told it used to be as long as it was done by age 10.
    Thank you. We've just been told that our lo will be reviewed in another 12 months. I'd rather act than to leave it and see how it goes. Might see if I can contact a paediatric urologist or at least a pead and find out what the go is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ted View Post
    I have a question...or two

    Why do most surgeons wait until the child is 3 to do the surgery?

    What are the pros and cons for doing it earlier/later?

    What are the options of who performs the surgery?

    What is the recovery like?

    How long is the surgery?
    Ours was slightly different as ds's left side was not palpable at all but from our experience -

    The waiting until 3yrs is news to me. Ds had his done at 8.5mths privately and the specialist advised the ideal time is 6-12mths. So im not sure where the difference in 'ideal' comes from, maybe being a case of ds's being completely undescended. A little boy in my dds mother's group had both undescended and had already had 2 ops by his 1st bday (thankfully we only needed 1 op!)

    I think the big thing about leaving it later is the longer it is sitting 'elsewhere' it usually isnt able to develop properly. Even at 8.5mths, you could notice the size difference for ds as it wasn't developing properly stuck up in his groin

    We ended up private. We were waiting on the public list and appreciated we would need to wait but when even my gp was concerned after waiting 7mths that there was no appt scheduled, she gave me referrals for 3 paediatric urologists. I just called around to find out costs etc and who could see us earliest. Very happy with our specialist in the end

    Recovery was harder for me as I had to be careful not to put any pressure on his groin area for a few weeks - no carrier/wrap or hip carrying I kept ds on a regular panadol/nurofen schedule to be sure he wasn't in pain. He didn't seem fussed though which I was glad of

    I walked out of the theatre just after 8am and got the call that he was coming through to recovery at 9am. I had been told 1.5-2hrs because they weren't sure exactly where it was located

    Hope that helps:-)

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    @SAgirl just checking in as I assume from other posts you are going ahead with the procedure tomorrow? Hope it all goes smoothly and he is in and out before you know it

    Happy birthday for tomorrow as well though I know its probably the last thing on your mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michellek View Post
    @SAgirl just checking in as I assume from other posts you are going ahead with the procedure tomorrow? Hope it all goes smoothly and he is in and out before you know it

    Happy birthday for tomorrow as well though I know its probably the last thing on your mind!
    Thank you, yes we are going ahead with it. I was actually going to come on here and ask how do I stop car seat straps and pram etc from hurting him when I bring him home?

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    Ds was still Rf in the car seat so I didn't have too much pressure there anyway. I just put a folded blanket between him and the pram straps to provide a bit of extra 'padding'

    Ask your nurses tomorrow, they may have some suggestions. When I asked how in the world I was suppoose to cook dinner etc without a carrier, they actually suggested using the portacot to 'restrain' him. I would never have thought of using it myself so doesn't hurt to ask

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    Ds's surgery is done and dusted, thankfully they were able to do both testes so that we won't have to go back for a 2nd surgery. Such a relief.

    He's been well since waking up and we are on our way home.

    My only concern now is that the nurse told us the anaesthetist used setting similar to an epidural for him, well it goes into his back, I think it was called a cordal? Anyway she said during the surgery ds's heart rate went up quite high so it possibly didn't work, so they then had to use more local in his groin instead.

    So does that mean he felt pain during his surgery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAgirl View Post
    Ds's surgery is done and dusted, thankfully they were able to do both testes so that we won't have to go back for a 2nd surgery. Such a relief.

    He's been well since waking up and we are on our way home.

    My only concern now is that the nurse told us the anaesthetist used setting similar to an epidural for him, well it goes into his back, I think it was called a cordal? Anyway she said during the surgery ds's heart rate went up quite high so it possibly didn't work, so they then had to use more local in his groin instead.

    So does that mean he felt pain during his surgery?
    I'm glad things went well with the surgery.

    They are strange comments from the nurse. Was it a spinal anaesthetic? If so your son will have a injection site on his back.

    Where I work almost all of our pead cases have general anaesthetics and I know for that procedure that's what we would normally do unless there is other issues.

    There are plenty of reasons for heart rate to increase during surgery and being poorly anaesthetised would be highly unlikely compared to other things.

    It's also a pretty serious claim for the nurse to make, if that's what happened I would expect the dr to come and talk to you.

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    I'm glad to hear everything went to plan and double yay for not needing another surgery!

    Not sure what the nurse would be on about. Yes I know ds had a spinal block as well but he was under ga so would not have felt the op at the time. I was under the impression he had the spinal to assist with pain management afterwards. I remember being told they try avoid morphine for littlies as they don't always cope very well with it

    Hope you don't have too rough a night. I prepared for the worst but had a perfect nights sleep from ds. Doesn't mean I slept though!


 

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