surgery to remove a hydrocele. A hydrocele is a fluid-filled sac inside the
A male can get a hydrocele on one or both sides of the scrotum. It happens when there's an opening between the belly and the scrotum. This opening lets fluid move from the belly to the scrotum.
You will be asleep during the
surgery. The doctor makes a very small cut
in your groin. This cut is called an incision. Then the doctor drains the fluid and removes the hydrocele sac. The doctor closes the incision with stitches. The stitches don't need to be removed. They will dissolve several weeks after
surgery. The incision will leave a very small scar that will fade with
After surgery, there will no longer be an opening
between your belly and your scrotum. This will stop fluid from building up in the scrotum.
You may be able to leave the
hospital on the same day as the surgery. You will probably be able to go back
to work or school in 4 to 7 days. But you will need to avoid hard exercise
or heavy lifting for 2 to 4 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor
if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and
keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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