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A 60-year-old male asked:

Why is my testicle still hard after hydrocele surgery is the ok?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Tissue edema of rest: In "bottle" hydrocele repair the sac is turned inside out and sutured behind testis. This can become swollen and hard and take a while to soften up. Same with coiled remaining sac in the "lord repair. Sometimes hydrocele can recur. Be patient, most cases slowly resolve with time, which can vary greatly.
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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 47 years experience
Very common: It can take several months for the testicle and its surrounding tissues to soften up after hydrocele repair. There are a number of reasons including edema (swelling) in the surgical area, thickness of the tunica vaginalis that was partially removed; some reabsorbing blood, size of the hydrocele, was the spermatic cord involved, etc. Give it time.
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Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Depends: Wounds evolve after any surgery. Tissue remodeling and changes can take over one year. Most occur within the first 3-6 months. If has been more than 6 months since surgery or if the hard testis is new, get to an md now.
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Testicle still aches four months after hydrocele surgery?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Testicle pain: Please return to your surgeon and let him/her know. All may be well but if not, the doc will take care of things. Peace and good health.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it normal that my testicle is still swollen 4 months after my hydrocele surgery?

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Dr. Chris Kyle
Urology 19 years experience
No: It's hard to comment on a surgery i wasn't present for in general, the swelling goes down after about 6 weeks at 4 months, talk with your surgeon about whether you should have an ultrasound. Sometimes, hydroceles come back pretty quickly other times, there is a large hematoma that takes a long time to dissolve.
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Last updated Feb 9, 2020

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