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If I have a hydrocele, does it help to wear boxers instead of briefs?

If I have a hydrocele, does it help to wear boxers instead of briefs?

Yes and no: What you wear does not affect the hydrocele. However, if you have symptoms, briefs may provide more relief. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Levin
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Hydrocele (Definition)

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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What is a hydrocele?

What is a hydrocele?

Fluid in the scrotum: A hydrocele is a collection of fluid that accumulates between two layers of tissue called peritneum that surrounds the testis and spermatic cord. It results in swelling of the involved side of the scrotum and is sometimes painful. Causes vary from completely benign to more serious. It is thus very important that any new scrotal swelling be brought to your doctor's attention for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hydrocele?

What are the tests for hydrocele?

Scrotal ultrasound: Is essentially the only reliable test for hydrocele. Transillumination can be used, but is not 100% reliable because subject with a hydrocele may also have a testicular tumor which is not necessarily seen on transillumination. ...Read more

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How possible is it that I have a hydrocele?

How possible is it that I have a hydrocele?

It's possible: Smooth fluid filled swelling o scrotum is usually a hydrocele. Worth seeing a urologist for an e4xamination &? scrotal ultrasound. They are usually benign but sometimes can result from &/or mask a testicular tumor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die because of a hydrocele?

No: A hydroceled does not harm the patient or the testis. It is just accumulation of body fluids around the testicular sac. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die from a hydrocele?

No: Hydroceles are not dangerous. A large scrotal hernia, which might be confused with a hydrocele, by someone who doesn't know what they are looking at or palpating, if blocked by bowel ; untreated, could lead to death from intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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Is it painful to have hydroceles surgically corrected?

Is it painful to have hydroceles surgically corrected?

Yes: Any surgery is going ot have some degree of pain no matter what. The level of discomfort depends on several factors including the size of the hydroceles (big ones tend to hurt more), the technique used by the surgeon and the pain tolerance of the individual.
Patricio gargollo, md
pediatric urology, dallas texas. ...Read more

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Can ice packs cure hydrocele?

No...: No, it will not and be unnecessary. ...Read more

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How can you prevent a hydrocele?

No known. ..: There has been no known way to prevent developing hydrocele since most of cases are idiopathic and primary. Occasionally, hydrocele may be secondary from infection, inflammation, trauma, surgery, etc. So, ask Doc for detail timely. Best wish. .. ...Read more

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Is hydrocele in a fetus a problem?

Usually not: Will probably be present at birth. Most infant hydroceles resolve spontaneously during first year of life. May need treatment if they enlarge hugely or become tense, tender or red. ...Read more

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What are the main hydrocele operations?

What are the main hydrocele operations?

Bottle or Lord ops.: For adult hydroceles. Both operations are performed through the scrotum. Excess hydrocele sac is excised with bottle procedure and remaining sac is everted and sutured together behind the testis. Hydrocele is incised and rolled up & sutured on either side of testis with lord procedure. Infant & child hydroceles are corrected through the groin & patent communication, . If present, is divided. ...Read more

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Can hydroceles be fixed laparoscopically?

No: Hydroeceles are benign swelling of the testicles. Treatment includes drainage with a needle or making an incision in the scrotum to drain the fluid directly. Unless there is abdominal pathology causing the pathology that needs to be addressed, laparoscopic treatment is not an option. ...Read more

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How can I cure hydrocele without surgery?

Symptoms?: Treatment of the most common type of hydrocele is necessary only for symptomatic complaints or for the rare situation of compromised integrity of the scrotal skin. Surgical excision is the most common treatment. Simple aspiration doesn't work. The fluid will just reaccumulate. ...Read more

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Could hydrocele be cured without surgery?

Could hydrocele be cured without surgery?

Usually not: Small hydroceles often require no surgery unless they bother the subject. Large hydroceles in very old or infirm subjects can be aspirated coincident with instillation of a sclerosant but usually recur. By ; large all adult hydroceles which need to be "fixed" require surgery for correction. Operation is reactively minor. ...Read more

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Is encysted hydrocele of the cord painful?

Not usually: A hydrocele (abnormal fluid collection in the scrotum) is usually not painful but, if large enough, can cause aching, pressure, and discomfort, especially when wearing tight clothing or when physically active. ...Read more

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How can hydrocele be cured without surgery?

How can hydrocele be cured without surgery?

Requires surgery: Neither medication nor needle aspiration are an answer to this problem. Latter would just re=accumulate fluid ; puts subject at risk for a scrotal infection. ...Read more

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Is post-operative hydrocele rare or normal?

Not uncommon.: Develop in 15% of men after varicocelectomy (spermatic vein ligation) also known complication of inguinal hernia repair from ligation of spermatic cord lymphatics. Can easily be corrected surgically if hydrocele is of a size that bothers you. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of hydrocele?

Scrotal enlargement: Scrotum bulges on side of hydrocele due the collection of fluid. Small hydroceles tend to be symptom free. Large hydroceles feel like a weight within thy scrotum. Can be slightly tender, especially if tense or resulting from trauma. Can cause unpleasant friction on thigh with walking or running. Severe pain ; an acute hydrocele can be due to epididymitis or testis torsion ; needs 2B seen asap. ...Read more

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Hydrocele surgery recovery time, what to do?

Hydrocele surgery recovery time, what to do?

Ask your surgeon: Recovery depends somewhat on size of hydrocele. Best to wear tight or Lycra underpants for compression. Be a couch potato for a week or so. No tennis, basketball or football during that time. Rest will aid recovery ...Read more

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Can I have oral sex while I have a hydrocele?

Yes: A hydrocele does not interfere with sexual function. The latter will not make it worse or better either. ...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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If you had to boil it down, what is hydrocele?

Fluid: A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in the scrotum. It's not malignant, and usually we just watch them. ...Read more

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Where in tucson can I get a hydrocele aspiration?

An Urologist: I am sure any board certified urologist can help you with that. Ask your hospital or your family doctor for a referral or a name. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix a hydrocele without surgery?

No: Sadly not usually. You can drain a hydrocele with a needle in the office but the recurrence rate is very high. In surgery the hydrocele "sac" where the fluid sits is surgically removed so it is very rare for the fluid to return after surgery. Best of luck. Patricio gargollo, pediatric urologist, dallas, texas. ...Read more

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How quickly can I workout after hydrocele surgery?

Reasonably short tim: If it was a small hydrocele and you're not talking about really strenuous exercise/ weight lifting, probably a 3-4 weeks. Longer if you are dealing with moving refrigerators. ...Read more

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What's time to the recovery from a hydrocele removal?

2-3 weeks: Depending on the age of the individual, the type of repair, and other comorbidities, scrotal support and relatively minimal activity is usually recommended for 2-3 weeks to prevent recurrence or hematoma formation. ...Read more

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How can I feel comfortable after a hydrocele surgery?

Ice Pack: The use of the oral medications that your parents will give you, as well as the use of an ice-pack will take care of most of the discomfort. You are going to feel uncomfortable for several days after this surgery, but the pain will not be severe. Hope you get better soon. ...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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Will I need to take medications after my hydrocele surgery?

Hydrocele medication: Your surgeon will give you pain medication to take as needed after the operation. He/she will decide if you need any antibiotcs. Many patients do not, but sometimes antibiotics are given if the surgeon decides to leave a drain in for a day or two to limit swelling. You will also likely have a scrotal support. You will be given a full list of intructions with prescriptions after your operation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hydrocele repair?

See below: A hydrocele is formed by fluid accumulation around the testis. In children, a hydrocele is formed when fluid seeps into the scrotum via a patent connection with the abdomen. In adults, there is no such communication. Therefore the repair depends on the age group. In children it is very similar to a hernia repair. In adults, it consists of evacuating the fluid and folding the hydrocele sac... ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hydrocele removal?

Hydrocelectomy: Eliminating hydrocele fluid. Hydrocelectomy in adults is performed thru scrotal incision, some of sac may be excised, then remaining sac is everted & sutured together behind testis (bottle operation) or rolled up (lord procedure).Pediatric communicating & hydroceles of the cord are repaired via groin incision, like mini-hernia repair. Communication & window excised if communicating & whole sac if cord. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hydrocele and a spermatocele?

What's the difference between a hydrocele and a spermatocele?

Different structures: A hydrocele is a fluid collection around the testicle. A spermatocele is a fluid collection or cyst arising from the epididymis. Both condition are generally benign. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a bilateral hydrocele?

2 Hydroceles: One on each side. Each hydrocele is a collection of fluid around the testicle. Fluid is within membrane called tunica vaginalis which surrounds each testis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hydrocele and a spermatocele?

Embryonic origins: A hydrocele develops from an out pouching of the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity) as it follows the testis into the scrotum during fetal development. It is filled with clear fluid. A spermatocele develops off the tubules leading to the testis and is also filled with clear fluid and sperm. Clinically it can be hard to differentiate between them. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is any laproscopic cure of hydrocele?

Wrong approach: Hydrocele is skin deep in the scrotum ; laparoscope is used for surgery in the abdominal cavity. Doesn't, make any sense to use a laparoscope on or in the scrotum. Cure for hydrocele is an open transcrotal hydrocelectomy thru quite a small incision. Pediatric, communicating hydroceles should be repaired via a tiny groin incision. Good luck. ...Read more

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Bi-lateral hydrocele repair, how long until the wounds heal up?

Bi-lateral hydrocele repair, how long until the wounds heal up?

1 to 2 weeks: Hydrocele, varicocele, inguinal hernia, some femoral hernias are approached surgically via a small incision at the groin. These are typically elective surgical procedures and the incision is closed with suture material that is not visible, dissolves under the skin in 6 to 12 weeks and appear "healed up" at the first post operative visit, 1 to 2 weeks after the surgical procedure. ...Read more

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What is the usual recover time required after hydrocele surgery?

Variable 1 - 6 weeks: Recovery time depends upon patient age + technique. Babies and young boys recover within days, surgery is simple, quick + relatively atraumatic. Adults take onger, 4 - 6 weeks + occasionally longer. In so called "lord procedure" hydrocele sac is rolled up + retained needs longer recovery than the more simple "bottle procedure" where sac is partiall excised and sutured round back of testicle. ...Read more