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Had a hydrocele surgery. 5 days after surgery I masterbated and 1 day later now have pain and swelling at the top of left of scrotom. Is this normal?

Had a hydrocele surgery. 5 days after surgery I masterbated and 1 day later now have pain and swelling at the top of left of scrotom. Is this normal?

No: I am not the surgeon and it is possible that the repair broke down. I would revisit the surgeon and have him examine you again and he may have to re-operate. So sorry! ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I was operated for hydrocele four years ago but there's still swelling in my same testicle post surgery. What could be done now?

I was operated for hydrocele four years ago but there's still swelling in my same testicle post surgery. What could be done now?

Repeat surgery: You could have a redo hydrocelectomy either by your original urologist or get second opinion from another urologist if hydrocele still bothers you. ...Read more

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16 month old boy, diagnosed with hydrocele (swelling in groin, left side). No other symptoms. Does he need surgery? Tests? What symptoms look for?

Watch it: If indeed a hydrocele most likely they would want to watch it for some time if confirmed by US. If however there is another finding like a hernia they probably want to fix that ...Read more

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Doc, after 1 year of hydrocele surgery of my right testicle I see swelling agian and a little bit pain. Should I be concerned?

Doc, after 1 year of hydrocele surgery of my right testicle I see swelling agian and a little bit pain. Should I be concerned?

Hydrocele repair: Pain near or in the testicles is always concerning. Please be sure to have your urologist examine you and be sure, it is scar tissue and not some other problem. :) ...Read more

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Good day doctor, please I got operate on hydrocele on the right side and after the surgery, it get swelling again like egg. Please how many days or month will everything return to it to it's normal size?

Uncertain: Postoperative swelling is expected and initially a hydrocele may still look like it is present immediately after surgery. You should see steady improvement and decrease in size over next couple of weeks to a month. Lots of activity or overexertion may slow your recovery. As always contact your surgeon with any questions or concerns. ...Read more

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Hard lump near the top of testicle after full recovery from hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What could it be? I do not think it is swelling

Hard lump near the top of testicle after full recovery from hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What could it be? I do not think it is swelling

Scar/blood clot: Probably scar tissue related to the suture material, the normal healing process, and/or a blood clot. Probably not dangerous. See your surgeon for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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I had varicocele surgery 9 days ago. I still have swelling on my scrotum but my urologist examined it yesterday and it's not hydrocele. How high/low my risk to get complications such as atrophy, hydrocele, and hematoma in terms of percentage?

I had varicocele surgery 9 days ago. I still have swelling on my scrotum but my urologist examined it yesterday and it's not hydrocele. How high/low my risk to get complications such as atrophy, hydrocele, and hematoma in terms of percentage?

Your Surgeon has Ans: Your surgeon has the answers to all your questions. Did you not ask him about these concerns/questions before surgery? .
I personally do not think you have any of the risks/complications if your surgery was done by a competent urologist. ...Read more

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When will the swelling decrease after hydrocele removal?

When will the swelling decrease after hydrocele removal?

Uncertain: Postoperative swelling is expected and initially a hydrocele may still look like it is present immediately after surgery. You should see steady improvement and decrease in size over next couple of weeks to a month. Lots of activity or overexertion may slow your recovery. As always contact your surgeon with any questions or concerns. ...Read more

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4 weeks after hydrocele surg. I still have swelling the size of a softball. Is not getting smaller should I be concerned?

4 weeks after hydrocele surg. I still have swelling the size of a softball. Is not getting smaller should I be concerned?

Normal but: It is normal to have swelling for several weeks after hydrocele surgery which gradually subsides but if it is not getting any smaller it should be checked by your surgeon. If it is red &/or hot have it checked soon. Speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Can a hydrocele or varicocele in adult cause a little swelling in the groin?

Can a hydrocele or varicocele in adult cause a little swelling in the groin?

H'cele yes V'cele no: A hydrocele can extend up into the groin, but varicoceles almost invariably remain in scrotum. I have seen many hundreds of varicoceles over the years & never seen one extend up into the groin. ...Read more

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I did hydrocele operation, one side, it is now day 11, and swelling reduced well, can I go back to gym play bodybuilding and lifting heavy weight?

I did hydrocele operation, one side, it is now day 11, and swelling reduced well, can I go back to gym play bodybuilding and lifting heavy weight?

Post OP Norms: Yes. It sure sounds like it. I am sure your surgeon gave you some instructions regarding this. So, if they have anything different than this I would first have you follow their advice. But, as long as your pain free and able to be active without pain then go for it. ...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 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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What are hydrocele surgery complications?

What are hydrocele surgery complications?

See below: In an adult, the complications of hydrocele surgery consist of infection, bleeding with hematoma formation and recurrence of the problem. The reported risk of these complications collectively is under 3%. ...Read more

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Hydrocele surgery complications, what to do?

Few: Generally well tolerated, but some swelling, tenderness, bruising are common and resolve in a few weeks.
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Can hydroceles come back, even after surgery?

Yes: There is a small risk of recurrence of a hydrocele after surgical treatment. This is usually because of scarring and the way in which the initial surgery heals. These are patient factors that cannot be controlled but can only be monitored for recurrence in the future. ...Read more

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Can a hydrocele come back a week after surgery?

See your MD: After a hydrocele repair there is a significant amount of swelling which can appear like the hydrocele is still present. This can happen after your return to normal activity. Please call your surgeon to make sure everything is normal. The post-surgical swelling should resolve over time. ...Read more

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How soon after hydrocele surgery can I masturbate?

2 weeks: Hydrocele surgery will not interfere with your ability to masturbate, however you will have some scrotal pain or tenderness which will make masturbation unpleasant. You can proceed as soon as it feels comortable and pleasant. ...Read more

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After hydrocele surgery will me get more erections?

After hydrocele surgery will me get more erections?

No: No physiologic relationship between the two. However, if you were embarrassed or inhibited by the hydrocele, it may have inhibited ability to obtain an erection. This may improve with resolution of the hydrocele. ...Read more

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How soon can you masturbate after hydrocele surgery?

How soon can you masturbate after hydrocele surgery?

Depends: A lot depends on where the incision is located and how vigorous the masturbation. A scrotal incision may be prone to agitation resulting in pain. Try. If it does not hurt. You have your answer. ...Read more

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How likely is it for hydrocele surgery to affect fertility?

How likely is it for hydrocele surgery to affect fertility?

NO: Hydrocele is simply a fluid collection, once the sac is opened par of wall taken out (Hydrocelectomy) you will be fine, it will not effect your potency (erectile function) or sperm count (fertility) Don't worry Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why can't I have an orgasm after having a hydrocele surgery?

Why can't I have an orgasm after having a hydrocele surgery?

Likely anxiety: There should be no structural or functional reason or lack of ejaculation. Most of ejaculate comes from prostate gland, seminal vesicles & pre-cum from Cowper's gland. Testicles provide sperm for ejaculate. You presumably have another testis on the other side to hydrocele if you thought vas on hydrocele side had been damaged by surgery. Vas damage is 99.9% unlikely & does not affect ejaculation. ...Read more

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Usually how many days of rest is required for recovery after hydrocele surgery?

Usually how many days of rest is required for recovery after hydrocele surgery?

About 1 week: Surgeon should tell or have told you if you have already had surgery. Compressive dressing is best. Ice pack may help. Should be on ibuprofen &/or Tylenol (acetaminophen) both as pain killer & anti-inflammatory agent. Also depends upon your job. More time if you are on your feet & active all the time. Good Luck ...Read more

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Has high riskt to damage cord spermatic during the communication hydrocele surgery in children??

Has high riskt to damage cord spermatic during the communication hydrocele surgery in children??

No: In the hands of a skilled pediatric surgeon, there is extremely little risk of damage to the cord. Make sure your surgeon is comfortable with operating on children and trained to do it. ...Read more

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If during hydrocele surgery will occur damage of spermatic cord can repair this "mistake" (this complication) later or not?

If during hydrocele surgery will occur damage of spermatic cord can repair this "mistake" (this complication) later or not?

Not likely: The likelihood of damage to the spermatic cord during surgical repair of hydrocele is low. In fact the risk from not repairing the abdominal wall defect, such as hernia with either bowel or omentum that becomes strangulated is a much more serious concern. If the surgery is done while the child is young and by a good pediatric surgeon, there should be an extremely low risk. Ask for a referral. ...Read more

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I am 26y unmarried I have hydrocele problem at right side left side is normal from few past years does surgery is affect my fertility.?

Probably not: Hydrocele is a common problem and ca usually be corrected without incident. However, it must be evaluated by a urologist to confirm the diagnosis and discuss the risks/benefits/ and side effects in your particular case. Get into a urologist so you can get this resolved! :) ...Read more

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9 days since hydrocele surgery. I think I'm having a speedy recovery. Very minimal discomfort. Can I masturbate? Don't want to ruin surgery.

9 days since hydrocele surgery. I think I'm having a speedy recovery. Very minimal discomfort. Can I masturbate? Don't want to ruin surgery.

Hard to ruin: It would be hard to ruin that surgery. The worst that could happen would be that your scrotum would swell up again. Knock yourself out. ...Read more

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My 15 month old was just diagnosed with a hydrocele. Is there still a chance it will resolve without surgery? It seems to be getting smaller.

Probably not: Hydroceles in young babies often do not communicate with the abdominal cavity, & they usually resolve in the first few months of life. Hydroceles found after the first birthday connote communication with the abdominal cavity & usually do no resolve spontaneously. Surgery is usually needed. That said, one can watch a hydrocele for quite some time seeing what will happen without bad consequence. ...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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My son is 5yrs old. After 4weeks hydrocele surgery left testicules looks bigger than left a little bit. Is this a sign that his hydrocele is reccured???

Hydrocele: Not necessarily. If the change is progressive in nature then I would report it to your pediatrician. Keep all post-op follow-up appointments as recommended ...Read more

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Sir, I am 25. I have hydrocele problem for the past few years and I am actually afraid of surgery because I don't know whether it will affect my married life or not. What should I do?

Sir, I am 25. I have hydrocele problem for the past few years and I am actually afraid of surgery because I don't know whether it will affect my married life or not. What should I do?

Probably not: Repair of a hydrocele should not cause a problem with sexual performance. Your surgeon should be able to give a clear idea of the risks and benefits of surgery. ...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