Retained Testicles

Male dogs in which one or both of the testicles have not descended fully and reside in the abdomen can now be operated minimally invasively. This procedure is performed in a similar manner to a laparoscopic ovariectomy. The intra-abdominal testicle is suspended and fixed to the abdominal body wall using a trans-abdominal suture under laparoscopic guidance. The ligasure vessel sealing device is then used to seal and transect the vas deferens and testicular blood supply. The testicle (which is often smaller than a fully descended testicle) can then be removed through the laparoscopic cannula. This is a very efficient technique to reduce morbidity in these dogs and enable a quicker and more comfortable recovery.