The increase in number of orchidopexies: rather cause than prevention of male infertility

Andrologia. 1988 Nov-Dec;20(6):502-6.


Because of the present tendency to operate early on undescended testes, the indication for orchidopexy amounts to six-to-seven times the justified number in the Netherlands and two-to-three times in Flanders! The tendency to operate early has surely caused more fertility damage than prevented it. This critical statement asks for consideration and urges everybody concerned to a more accurate and repeated physical examination of the genital region and to a conservative attitude regarding treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Belgium
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cryptorchidism / complications*
  • Cryptorchidism / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infertility, Male / etiology*
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology*