Infant Hydrocele Repair
What is a hydrocele?
A hydrocele is a fluid-filled sac in the scrotum of male infants. It is caused by fluid that drains down from the abdominal cavity. The baby's scrotum will appear swollen or large, but he will have no other symptoms.
After surgery, quiet play is best. Your child should do nothing strenuous such as bike riding or swimming for 1 week, or until okayed by your doctor.
- If there is a dressing over the wound, leave it on for 2-3 days.
- Keep the wound dry for 3 days.
- You will notice minor swelling around the wound. This is normal.
- The stitches dissolve on their own and do not need to be taken out.
The doctor will order pain medicine. Follow the instructions given by the pharmacist.
Your child’s stomach may be upset. First, offer clear liquids such as ice chips, Popsicles®, 7-Up®, and Jell-O®. Next, try foods that are easy to digest like soda crackers or dry white toast. A regular diet may be given the next day. If your child has nausea or vomits, start again with clear liquids and slowly advance.
Follow-up Clinic Visit
Your child’s follow-up visit will be made before you leave.
When to Call the Doctor
- Unable to keep fluids down
- Wound gets more red, swollen, or warm to the touch
- Pus-like drainage
- Bleeding more than slight spotting
- Excess swelling of scrotum or testicle
- Pain not controlled by pain medicine
- Temperature over 100.4º F
Pediatric Urology Clinic, Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
After Hours, Nights and Weekends (608) 262-0486. Ask for the Urology Resident on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942
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Last Updated: 04/14/2010
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