This week Ronnie visited the surgery for a Cryptorchid Castrate.
Cryptorchidism is when one or both testicles do not descend into the scrotum. The cryptorchid testicle can be located anywhere along the path from the area of fetal development of the gonads (just caudal to the caudal pole of the kidney) to the subcutaneous tissue between the external inguinal ring and the scrotum.
Thus a cryptorchid testicle can be located in the abdominal cavity, in the inguinal canal, or in the subcutaneous tissue between the external inguinal ring and the scrotum.
Lucky for Ronnie his retained testicle was inguinal and could be removed via the same hole through which the descended testicle was removed. This was good news for Ronnie, as it means he avoided a more complex abdominal surgery.
This would have been required if his testicle had never passed through the inguinal canal, and usually means a longer period of post-operative rest. But Ronnie will be back on his walks in no time!