4/7/11: Just wanted to bring closure (hopefully) to this discussion. Dewi was neutered today and he's resting at home. The vet located the undescended testicle easily - yay. I can tell already that Dewi's in a lot more discomfort than Jon Farleigh was with his routine neuter, but I'm hopeful that he'll spring back quickly, barring any complications. If anything unusual comes up, I'll post back again.
I know there are threads on this topic already, but I'm really looking for someone(s) who can share their "good" experience with this type of neuter, so I won't have a panic attack in two weeks when Dewi goes in for his cryptorchid surgery. :(
I know it's invasive and that there will be two incisions, and that it will cost more than a regular neuter. Also know it helps to know there actually IS a retained testicle (vs. the dog being born with only one). (My vet hasn't been able to feel Dewi's missing anatomy through external exam, so hormone levels will be checked pre-op.)
Has anyone gone through this without a terrible recovery? Is it truly similar to a spay (recovery time)? Has anyone ever done it and the vet couldn't find the retained testicle(s) in the dog? Ugh.
Thanks for anything to ease my mind.
Henry was a cryptorchid as well. His was way up in his abdomen, and the vet had a hard time finding it I guess (so said the tech that called). He cried the entire afternoon after I picked him up, but was feeling better by the next day. He was only 4 months old when he had his surgery, had I known better at the time I would have waited until he was a bit older. I'm sure Dewi will be fine!
Thanks, everyone. I feel a little better (it's still gonna be hard for me to leave him). I just have no experience to fall back on, which encourages fear of the "unknown." Glad all your little guys made it through the surgery okay. :)
Oliver was cryptorchid...bilateral meaning both were hiding. His surgery went smoothly. There were two smallish incisions (one on either side). He was acting completely like himself the next day (loopy that night and very cute).