Hydrocele surgery and recovery

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  1. funnyguy

    funnyguy Active Member

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    It was suggested that I share this information by Jason_els. I don't often contribute, but think this may be helpful to others who have a hydrocele. I had some concerns beforehand, but it really was a cinch

    Here is how it came down: About a year ago I noticed that my left testicle was much larger than the other. When I saw my family doctor, I mentioned it and he referred me to a urologist. I had a sonogram and there were no tumors, etc. and he diagnosed it as a hydrocele=fluid which has collected in the membrane around the testicle. So, we waited for a year until a few weeks ago and it continued to get larger and larger.

    This last visit, the urologist told me that I needed to have it rechecked and I did. Since there were no other problems, he recommended surgery. I had that done yesterday. It is an outpatient procedure done at my local hospital. I checked in at 7:00 AM after taking a cab. ( I didn't want to hassle anyone into getting up that early.) A friend agreed to pick me up after being released.

    The procedure is pretty simple. I had an anesthetic and it was done in about an hour and then I was able to return home at noon-after observation. I was prescribed a pain medication to take every 6 hours. Also, I was to use ice packs on the area -4 hours on and 4 hours off. (I used frozen peas in Ziploc bags.) Also, no lifting of more than 5 lbs for 48 hours and no driving. Starting tomorrow, I am not to lift more than 10 lbs for the next 10-14 days and I can drive again.

    I luckily have had no complications and am just taking it easy. I am still on the pain meds, but will stop them after I go to bed tonight. I only notice a slight stinging sensation at the incision when I am close to the 6 hours. I have had no swelling or infection (things to watch for) and feel pretty good!:biggrin1:

    So, all my concerns were overblown. I am back to normal and after taking it easy for the next few days, I'll be feeling fine and ready to go.

    I hope anyone facing this will feel confident enough to go ahead and take care of it. It sure is nice to not have one ball much larger than the other! lol

    funnyguy
     
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    Your experience sounds almost identical to mine. Was so glad I got it done although there is scar tissue present inside the scrotum and quite an external scar visible on the scotum. Pain was not so bad, just felt like I'd been kicked in the balls by a dinosaur :biggrin: Hope the rest of your recovery is complication free
     
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    Oh, Honey, I am so happy you are on the road to recovery and feeling better.

    Remember, those pain meds don't really have to be taken every 4 hours as recommended. Every 2 is much better. :biggrin1:

    Feel better soon.

    Love, Nick
     
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    Not to scare you...I had surgery several times before the problem was finally solved. Relax, relax, relax....enjoy your pain meds and follow the dr's orders. Glad to hear it went well for you.
     
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    Thanks for posting this FG! I hope it helps anyone else having a problem with their balls and reluctant to seek medical care.

    I'm very glad you're healing well and listening to the recovery instructions. It should make everything go more smoothly.
     
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    have a speedy recovery.

    I developed a hydrocele condition with my right ball after a vasectomy in the early 90's. It developed about 2 months after a vasectomy. my right nut was about the size of my fist. I had surgery in a hospital, stayed overnight, enjoyed the morphine I was given and life goes on.
     
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