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Old 05-07-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Orchiopexy: Bi-Lateral: Intermediate Testicular Torsion

Hi All,

Please keep in mind the reviews of others and your current condition. This post is strictly my own experience as it may or may not be the same for you or others.

For those seeking information regarding this surgery, I wanted to post this. I'm 27 years old, and experienced intermediate testicular torsion 7-8x before moving forward with surgical correction (Orchiopexy). I first noticed this was an issue about 1 year prior to surgery. I noticed my left testicle would (on its own) hang almost upside down or sideways (no pain). It was a horrible feeling. Each time this happened, I would be VERY cautious to move the wrong way, thinking it may twist even further (causing rush to ER; potentially resulting in serious matter). Fortunately it always went back to its normal position (45 mins). I visited my Urologist several times and it was clear surgery was the only way to fix this. Also, Ultrasound came back normal. This almost took over my life, as each day I would check myself to assure my testicle was not sitting in an abnormal position AND the fact I knew i needed this surgery. I researched this procedure countless times, and yes, there is info out there, but I wanted to read posts from people who had this condition.

I advise this surgery for anyone in this situation (see your dr of course; confirm your condition). To note, I am very active - sex, football, basketball, you name it (27 years old). I was afraid to jump or run before getting surgery, knowing my testicle moved freely on its own. When my testicle hung sideways, it was practically paralyzing for me; strangest feeling as im sure you can imagine or understand. Movies, restaurants, sleeping, work, always worried about this.

The surgery is about 45mins-1HR. The first few days after surgery, you literally walk like an 90 year cowboy (no disrespect), but trust me you will not want to move of the couch. Your testicles (dr does both; preventive measures) are very swollen they do not even look like testicles. Constant icing. Had to learn to sleep on my back. Painkillers for 4-5 days, but be weary of these, you don't want to constipate yourself... Going to the bathroom post surgery is def an experience (esp your first 'dump' bc you will have to remove your gauze... but not as bad as I thought. Neosporin when your are able to apply. Buy Johnson and Johnson medial pads for support, jock strap I was able to wear after 8-10 days+. First 2 weeks, getting better slowly day by day, its rough but bearable. Showering is tough too, but jeeze it felt good - didnt let water touch my balls..

Weeks 2-4, still very sore, wearing jock strap, neosporin. I began to walk (still like a cowboy, maybe 60 years old). NOOOOO Sex for at least 4 weeks, I waited 5. Your not going to even think about it. First ejaculation, normal, and WOW needed to release. No pain and after that smooth sailing. I was swollen for about 5 weeks+. Dr said 6 months I'll forget about surgery.

8 weeks in you should be back to normal, almost.

All in all, it has been almost 5 months since surgery. Balls are great, they just hang more vertically than before. Sex is back to normal, same as before. Stitches (sutures) are permanent, no big deal cant really feel them, barely visible. I sometimes (rarely) get a strange pain but its short, comes and goes, nothing serious. Today, I'm back to full activities. You will lose very little flexibility, understanding your balls are stitched and hang slightly differently (at least for me; Testicles more/less hung horizontally prior). I dont check myself HALF of what I used to. Happy I got this over with and grateful everything went well.

Research your DR. Ask about their familiarity/expertise on this procedure. You will be alright. Good luck with everything. Hope I helped someone out there bc I sure did need it.

-mikegatzo1156

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Old 05-19-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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Re: Orchiopexy: Bi-Lateral: Intermediate Testicular Torsion

Thanks for posting! I had a right side orchiopexy due to my right testicle going inside me 75% of the time I would go running. It is about 5 weeks since my surgery and I am still tender. I can walk fine, but still too sore to run. How long was it before you could run? I am a firefighter and very active. I have gained a few pounds since surgery and so ready to get it off. I am doing P90X, but can do the plyometeics due to the tenderness when I jump. Thanks for any advise.

 
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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Re: Orchiopexy: Bi-Lateral: Intermediate Testicular Torsion

Hi Weldon,

I was out of the gym for 7-8weeks. Once i got back in, the first week or so was getting used to, going forward everything was back to normal. Running came back around week 9 for me. Sure nowadays if i think too much it may feel akward, but nothing serious. Its just a matter of your body and mind getting used to it. Ive been playing lots of full court basketball lately, all is well.

Mikegatzo

 
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:48 PM   #4
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Re: Orchiopexy: Bi-Lateral: Intermediate Testicular Torsion

thanks for posting this. Im in the same position except worse. One ruptured testicle already , and now my other one is hanging loosely and causing pain and nausea. Youre lucky in that you got the surgery even with no pain , ive been to the emergency department and they just sent me home. hopefully the urologist will arrange a surgery. Thanks for posting gives me a bit of hope.

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #5
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Re: Orchiopexy: Bi-Lateral: Intermediate Testicular Torsion

I am having Orchiopexy surgery in about a month, Iím 24 years old. How long realistically should I be taking off from work? Would you be able to go back after about 2 weeks? Also long term has anyone noticed any side effects and is the scarring visible or not really?

 
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