Hydrocele is the medical term for when fluid accumulates around the testicle in men. Causes can include prior infection or inflammation around the testicles and occasionally surgeries can do this. But oftentimes the cause is not clear. The scrotum has a few different compartments and a hydrocele is accumulation of fluid between the testicle itself and an outer layer of tissue called the tunica vaginalis.
Most hydroceles do no cause any symptoms and the large majority of the patients who develop a hydrocele do not require treatment or find that wearing tighter more supportive underwear is enough to alleviate any discomfort they have.
For some men who find the appearance unappealing or in whom the hydroceles do cause problems such as discomfort there are ways to permanently fix it through a minor surgical procedure called a hydrocelectomy. Typically the surgery is done as an outpatient and takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes. The accumulated fluid is evacuated and the surgery is done in a way to prevent the fluid from re-accumulating in the scrotum.
Reported complications include minor bleeding, infection, hydrocele recurrence but overall we have had very high success rate with most patients very satisfied with their outcome.
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