Orchiopexy Discharge Information

Dressing:
There are typically two incisions. One is in the groin and the other is in the scrotum. There is generally a band-aid on the scrotal incision. Twice a day, remove this and put on Bacitracin antibiotic ointment followed by a new band-aid. Do this for approximately one week. These stitches (sutures) will dissolve over the next 1-3 weeks.

The inguinal incision generally has a clear dressing on it covering the skin. This can be removed in two days and left open to air.

Mild redness, swelling and/or bruising of the scrotum are normal. It gets better over the next few weeks. If any questions, please call and bring in your child to be evaluated.

Activity:
If child is an infant, activity as tolerated. If child is in school, no gym class or bicycle riding for three weeks. He may return to school when comfortable. It is normal to be a little slower moving around.

Medication:
Use pediatric Motrin (Ibuprofen) every six hours for the first 24 hours. Dose according to your child’s weight based on the bottle/label. The next day, use Ibuprofen/Motrin every six hours as needed. If a narcotic such as Tylenol with codeine (or Tylenol #3) or Vicodin (hydrocodone) is given, take every 4-6 hours for more severe pain. It is not uncommon for a child to use no narcotics, nor is it uncommon to use a few doses the first few days in order to sleep better or be more comfortable. Remember that all narcotics can cause constipation.

Diet:
Start with liquids. Your child may resume a regular diet as tolerated.

Fever:
Call if there is a fever over 100 degrees.

Bathing:
Please wait to take a bath for 3 days. He may then go in a bathtub or take a shower. Keep the groin (inguinal) dressing on until after the first bath/shower. You can then remove it.

Follow up:
Please call the day of surgery or the next business day to arrange an appointment in 2-3 weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office for further information/instructions.