After 12 hours, it drops to 50 percent. After 24 hours, the testicle can be saved only 10 percent of the time.
Surgery is required to correct testicular torsion, wrote the Mayo Clinic. In some cases, a doctor may be able to untwist the testicle by pushing on the scrotum, but the surgical procedure prevents it from happening again.
The surgical procedure consists of making a small cut in the scrotum, untwisting the spermatic cord and stitching the testicles to the inside of the scrotum.
During surgery, said NCBI, the testicle on the non-affected side is usually also anchored as a preventive measure to ensure testicular torsion doesn’t happen to the other testicle.
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Reviewed April 11, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith