Most often, the testicle will die before anything can be done for a newborn. Unfortunately, the testicle cannot be saved. If the other testicle is fine, your baby boy can still grow to be healthy and fertile.
In cases where the testicle twists after birth, it may be saved if it is untwisted within a few hours. A pediatric urologist can help. If torsion is seen shortly after birth, talk with a pediatric surgeon immediately. Even if one testicle can’t be saved, surgery may help prevent the other testicle from twisting.
Not all pediatric urologists agree with the need to operate on the opposite testis. There are risks with all surgeries, so it’s important to consider risks before going forward.