Hydrocelectomy is surgery to remove a hydrocele. A hydrocele is a sac filled with fluid in the scrotum.
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.
Your child will be asleep during the surgery. The doctor makes a very small cut in your child's 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 time.
After surgery, there will no longer be an opening between your child's belly and his scrotum. This will stop fluid from building up in the scrotum.
Your child may be able to leave the hospital on the same day as the surgery. He will probably be able to go back to school or daycare in 4 to 7 days. But try to keep him from being too active and from lifting things for 2 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Avery L. Seifert, MD, FACS - Urology
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