May 13, 2011

Evolution of single practice trends in the surgical approach to the undescended testicle

The Journal of Urology
Scott P CudaAndrew J Kirsch


The surgical approach to palpable and nonpalpable testicles has changed with increasing use of a single scrotal incision and laparoscopy, respectively. We identified current trends in the surgical approach to undescended testicles in the practice of a single surgeon at our institution. A total of 580 orchiopexies were performed in 554 patients by a single surgeon between January 2002 and July 2009. Study inclusion criteria were palpable and nonpalpable primary undescended testicles. Patients were stratified into groups based on the date of the initial procedure by year. A retrospective chart review was performed and the surgical approach in each patient was recorded as laparoscopic, transinguinal abdominal, inguinal or scrotal. During the 7-year period the percent of orchiopexies performed through a single scrotal incision increased from approximately 15% to a high of 63%. The overall percent of cases performed through a standard inguinal incision decreased from 65% to 17% and the percent performed through a transinguinal abdominal approach decreased from 15% to 0% in the 2 most recent years tabulated. The use of laparoscopy increased from 3% to 17%. Substantial trends were observed among the 3 groups. The percent of procedures...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Prescribing Patterns, Physician
Pain, Postoperative
Morbidity Aspects
Benign Neoplasm of Scrotum
Urologic Surgical Procedures, Male
Entire Testicle

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