Surgery or Not, Testicular Orchiopexy
Hello everyone. I am writing this because I have been advised to get surgery on my testicles to prevent testicular torsion because I am prone to it. I will tell you a small background on my medical history pertaining to this and then ask for advice/answers to my questions about it. Thanks so much for any help!
I have had a long history with testicular pain and visits to the doctor. It started when I was younger I had severe pain, which was met with an ultrasound the next day. They concluded that I conceivably had a torsion that fixed itself. Since then I have been to the doctor on and off about 8 times with testicular pain, usually a high level of dull pain. Some were dismissed as Epiditimytis or inflammation and others as growing pains. I have dealt with on and off pain for about 3-4 years now. I have had about 4 "episodes" of extreme pain where I thought I had a torsion, all which required an ultrasound to confirm there was nothing wrong. Last year alone I had two such episodes, one with my right testicle and one with my left. The doctor wanted me to have an orchiopexy to stop my testicles from moving so much after he said that they were very mobile. Since then I have had an "episode" where I wanted to go to the hospital/doctor again because I thought I had a torsion, but didn't want to go again for another ultrasound to show nothing was wrong. Not to mention every time I get an ultrasound I have to pay a large portion out of pocket because I have such bad insurance. So now I am caught between not knowing whether I have something serious going on or if nothing is wrong again and I am also stuck between wanting to get it checked versus the cost of having it checked, adding to my large pile of medical bills.
I am asking whether or not I should have the surgery. What are the risks involved? Does anyone have a similar story to mine, and if so, what have you done about it? I have heard very negative results from the surgery and I was wondering how common they are. I am scared because I never know if there is something wrong, or if I need to get this surgery because of my long history with pain and torsion related issues.
Thank you so much for any answers or help. I appreciate your time.