Hydrocele (Adult) Repair
A hydrocele is a fluid filled sac in the scrotum.
- For the first 2 to 3 days or so, you will have discomfort in your testicles and scrotum. Pain medicine will be ordered for you to take as needed. The scrotum may be tender for up to one month.
- Your scrotum will be very swollen for several days. To help reduce swelling, you may use an ice pack for the first 24 hours only. Use the ice pack for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off.
- For the first 5 days, 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 5 days, wear a scrotal support at all times. Keep the scrotal support clean and dry.
- You may shower after 2 days. Blot the area dry.
- Do not soak in a bathtub, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, or hot tub for 5 days.
- 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 for more than 5 days
- Increase in swelling or swelling of scrotum that lasts for more than 5 days
- Temperature over 100.5° F. by mouth, for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
- Bleeding that soaks the dressing in 1 hour or less
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If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
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Last Updated: 07/03/2009
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