What can be expected after treatment for adult hydrocele?

  • Following surgery there will likely be pain in the area of the scrotum. Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed pain medications can help to ease the pain.
  • Ice packs are applied for the first 24 hours.
  • Activity levels may be restricted for a number of weeks until healing is complete.
  • A jockstrap is worn for about 2-4 weeks following surgery in order to keep the scrotum elevated towards the testicles.
  • It might take 2-3 months for the swelling of the operated scrotum to go down completely.

It is possible that a hydrocele may return, even after surgery.

What are possible complications of adult hydrocele?

A hydrocele is normally not dangerous unless it becomes extremely large or the hydrocele fluid becomes infected. A hydrocele does not affect a man’s ability to father children.

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