Hydrocelectomy Used to Treat Hydrocele at Mercy

The Urology Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, work with patients to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions affecting the male reproductive organs. Our doctors offer hydrocelectomy as a treatment for hydrocele, the accumulation of fluid around the testicles.

What is Hydrocelectomy?

Hydrocele is fluid accumulation around the testicles. The fluid causes the groin to swell, but it is often more uncomfortable than painful. In some cases, the swelling may be a symptom of testicular cancer. Hydrocelectomy is a surgical treatment to eliminate fluid buildup around the testicles.

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How is a Hydroceletomy Surgery performed?

Hydrocelectomy surgery removes hyrdoceles and prevents future occurrences.  It is typically performed as outpatient surgery and patients go under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision directly into the scrotum and removes the hydrocele fluid sac, as well as any other fluid from the scrotum, and the incision is closed.

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When is a Hydrocelectomy the best option?

Hydroceles in younger men do not always require surgery as the condition can sometimes resolve itself. The swelling can be drained, but hydrocele often return.  In older men, the swelling does not usually go back to normal. If the swelling does not decrease or the pain or embarrassment because of the swelling becomes unbearable, hydrocelectomy surgery is recommended.

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