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How long can I reasonably wait before having my hydrocele surgically corrected?

How long can I reasonably wait before having my hydrocele surgically corrected?

Depends if no pain: Adult hydroceles do not resolve spontaneously, but you can wait for as long as you like or even forever it does not feel uncomfortable or painful. Should be checked with an ultrasound to exclude remote chance of tumor. George bernad shaw never had his knee length hydrocele repaired because he didn't trust surgeons and thus wore baggy plus4 pants all his life. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Levin
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Hydrocele (Definition)

Hydrocele is a collection of fluid around the testicles, within the scrotum. These fluid collections are contained in a layer of tissue around the testicles, and it is usually ...Read more


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How long is ok to wait for hydrocele surgery?

Indefinitely or as: Long as you wish to live with the discomfort of a large scrotum. Also depends how large it is, a small hydrocele may never need surgery, a very large hydrocele must be very uncomfortable. ...Read more

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How long after hydrocele surgery will I return to normal?

About 2 wks. average: Sometimes a few days less, a few patients take longer. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long it will take for recovery from hydrocele surgery?

Longer in adults: 1 - 2 weeks for an adult. Depends upon how large the hydrocele pre-operatively and whether pressure dressing &/or athletic supporter was used & physical activity post-operatively. Children recover recover much quicker & in a few days; less time the younger they are. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wear the supportive strap after hydrocele surgery?

2 weeks or so: It really depends on your activity level and the anatomy at the time of surgery. Ask you surgeon for specifics but using a scrotal support (jock strap or compression shorts) is typically recommended for at least 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long after a hydrocele surgery can I masterbate?

Anytime: Hydrocele surgery is simple but it can indeed cause many days of swelling and discomfort in some few patients. As long as you are recovering well, the pain is minimal and the swelling moderate....Yes you can masturbate. It goes without saying that you should keep things on the gentle side. ...Read more

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In case of surgery for correct communicating hydrocele in 4 years old boy is possibility to come back again hydrocele? Has risk this type of surgery?

Yes: There is a chance the hydrocele can return after surgery. Talk to the surgeon about what percentage he/she has seen in his/her practice. There are statistics but some surgeons may have lower return rates than others. ...Read more

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What are the short-term & long-term side effects from surgical excision of the hydrocele? What are the risks&probabilities of the surgical incision?

See below: Short term risk is post-operative pain, swelling, hematoma formation or recurrent hydrocele. Infection is rare unless a hematoma develops. Damage to adjacent structures such as the testis itself, the vas or epididymis are uncommon long term risks. ...Read more

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