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 can happen as a result of several things, such as a trauma to the area, an infection, or another problem inside the scrotum.
You will be asleep during the
surgery. The doctor makes a very small cut
in your scrotum. 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
Or your doctor may do a laparoscopic surgery. Your doctor does this surgery through a tiny incision in your scrotum using a lighted tube with special tools.
This surgery almost always stops the buildup of fluid in your 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:
October 11, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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