What Is a Hydrocelectomy?
A hydrocele is a pocket of watery fluid built up around the testicle, sometimes due to disease, injury, improper drainage, or abnormal development.¬† An adult hydrocelectomy is the surgical procedure used to repair a hydrocele.¬† Healthcare professionals do not normally recommend more conservative healthcare treatments, like injection therapy, since the problem may recur.¬† ¬†
How Is an Adult Hydrocelectomy Performed?
During a hydrocelectomy, your healthcare professional cuts the skin over the hydrocele to drain the fluid.¬† The testicle and the fluid are tested for viruses and cancerous cells.¬† If the tests are clear, the double covering of the testicle is stitched to stop the liquid from building up again.¬† The procedure is relatively minor, so hospital stay is usually only a day, but patients are required to stay home for at least two days after the surgery to recuperate.¬† If the testicle is diseased, it may be removed, thus necessitating a slightly longer hospital stay and recovery time.¬†
General Guidelines and Risks during a Hydrocelectomy¬†
Before an adult receives a hydrocelectomy, general tests are performed to determine the state of the patient. Patients are advised to quit smoking and control their weight if necessary.¬† The wound takes 7 to 10 days to heal, after which the stitches are removed.¬† It is important to pass urine within 6 to 12 hours of the surgery.¬† The hospital might want to recheck the patient after a month, especially if a testicle was removed.¬† The risks associated with the surgery are minimal and range from pain in the spine due to a spinal anesthetic to bruising and swelling if the hydrocele was large. A hydrocelectomy may result in infertility in rare cases, so it is important to discuss the details with your healthcare provider.