How do you treat a small hydrocele?
There are no medications available to treat a hydrocele. A hydrocele usually does not need to be surgically repaired. A hydrocele typically goes away on its own within six to 12 months of age. If the hydrocele does not resolve on its own, then it needs to be surgically repaired to prevent further complications.
Will small hydrocele go away?
A baby’s hydrocele typically disappears on its own. But if your baby’s hydrocele doesn’t disappear after a year or if it enlarges, ask your child’s doctor to examine the hydrocele again.
How serious is hydrocele surgery?
Hydrocelectomy is usually successful, and major complications are very rare. Another hydrocele can form after surgery, requiring additional treatment, but this isn’t common. Contact your doctor promptly if you start having swelling and pain in your scrotum again.
What is the recovery time for hydrocele surgery?
Your groin and scrotum may be swollen or bruised. This usually gets better in 2 to 3 weeks. You will probably be able to go back to work or school 4 to 7 days after surgery. But you will need to avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for 2 to 4 weeks.
Which anesthesia is given in hydrocele surgery?
Description. Surgery to repair a hydrocele is often done at an outpatient clinic. General anesthesia is used so you will be asleep and pain-free during the procedure.
Is hydrocele a minor surgery?
The fluid is reabsorbed into the body from the pouch. A hydrocele that lasts longer than 12 to 18 months is often a communicating hydrocele. This often needs surgery to prevent an inguinal hernia. The surgery is done by making a small cut (incision) in the groin.
How long does swelling last after hydrocele surgery?
Swelling After Hydrocelectomy. Severe swelling after hydrocele surgery may be prevented by surgically inserting a small drainage tube in the scrotum. This is then covered by a bulky dressing to compress the site. Swelling normally occurs after hydrocelectomy and may last for months.
Can a hydrocele recur after surgery?
Recurrence is very uncommon after surgery. However large hydroceles can be difficult to treat and may recur after surgery. If surgery is not successful, then sclerosing agents can be considered.
Is there an alternative to surgery for a hydrocele?
Inserting a needle into the hydrocele and withdrawing the fluid (aspiration) is an alternative to surgery. After removing the fluid, the doctor injects a chemical inside the sack (sclerotherapy) around the testicle.
What to expect after a hydrocelectomy?
What to Expect After a Hydrocelectomy. The following are some things to expect after undergoing a hydrocelectomy: You will no longer have an opening between the scrotum and your stomach, which will stop the fluid buildup in the scrotum. A mild pain in the groin area is usually experienced after a hydrocelectomy.