One small incision! That’s the good part. The entire procedure is done under general anesthesia (asleep) via a small incision in the scrotum. The area heals quite well, and within a few months most can barely tell that any surgery was ever done.
What is a Hydrocelectomy?
How long should the procedure last?
What are common side effects?
The night before your procedure, you may eat and drink as usual. However, do not take anything by mouth after 12:00 midnight the night before. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing like a jogging suit on the day of your procedure. Bring a list of all the prescription and nonprescription medications that you take regularly with you on the day of the procedure.
Please plan to arrive two hours prior to your treatment.
Upon wakening from the procedure, you may temporarily have a small drain placed in the surgical site. This is placed to reduce postoperative swelling and bruising, and drains these fluids away, but relax, the drain typically will remain for 48 hours and then removed in clinic.
It is common for the drain to have pink or red fluid. You will be given full instructions from our nurse on how to manage the drain when it gets full.
Definitely rest up for a day or two after a hydrocelectomy.
For pain, if it is OK, advil, motrin or prescription Toradol is great. These are non-narcotic, so you don’t get sleepy, constipated or have other issues; however they are great anti-inflammatories. Take them on a regular basis the first 2-3 days after the procedure. For pain not relieved by these medications, use the prescription Tylenol with Codeine or Vicodin that was prescribed for you.
Do not take blood thinners or aspirin products for one week or as directed by your physician.
Expected Signs and Symptoms
Most patients report 50% improvement in swelling within one month of surgery, and 75% improvement within 3-6 months postoperatively. This is largely dependent on how severe symptoms were prior to surgery. Good news is that you’ll be happy that you chose surgery, just be patient with your road to recovery!