Hydrocele (Adult) Repair
A hydrocele is a fluid filled sac in the scrotum.
▪ It is normal and expected to have discomfort in your testicles and scrotum.
Pain medicine will be ordered for you to take as needed. The scrotum and
testicle(s) may be tender for up to one month.
▪ Your scrotum may be very swollen for several days and up to a couple of
weeks after surgery. To help reduce swelling, you may use an ice pack for
the first 24 – 48 hours; then as needed. Use the ice pack for 20 – 30 minutes
on, then 20 – 30 minutes off.
▪ You may have a temporary drain called a Penrose to drain any extra fluid and
blood. Change the gauze pads as needed.
▪ For the first week, keep the wound clean and dry. Keep the wound covered
with a gauze pad. Change the gauze pad daily, and if it gets wet or soiled.
▪ For the first 2 weeks, wear a scrotal support at all times; then as needed.
Keep the scrotal support clean and dry.
▪ You may shower after 24 hours. Blot the area dry.
▪ Do not soak in a bathtub, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, or hot tub for 5 days, until
your incision is completely healed.
▪ Do not lift more than 10 pounds for 3 weeks.
▪ No sexual activity for 5 days.
▪ The length of time needed before you can go back to work depends on how
well you recover and the kind of work you do. Check with your doctor.
You will have a follow up visit in 7 – 14 days. This will be scheduled before you leave the hospital.
When to Call the Doctor
▪ Redness, warmth, or pus-like drainage from the incision
▪ Severe pain that does not improve with pain medication
▪ Increase in swelling of scrotum
▪ Temperature over 100.5° F. by mouth, for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
▪ Bleeding that soaks the dressing in 1 hour or less
Urology Clinic: (608) 263-4757
Nights, weekends, and holidays this will give you the paging operator. Ask for the urology doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
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Last Updated: 07/17/2013
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