Hydrocelectomy refers to the surgery to repair hydrocele, a swelling or collection of fluid in the scrotum, the pouch of skin that holds the testicles.
This procedure is generally used to treat hydrocele.
In a baby or child who is under anesthesia, there are two surgical options:
- A small surgical cut is made in the fold of the groin, and then the fluid is drained. The sac (hydrocele) holding the fluid may be removed. Stitches strengthen the muscle wall.
- A tiny camera called a laparoscope is inserted into the area through a small surgical cut. Small instruments are inserted through other small surgical cuts to make the repair. Progress is visible through a video monitor attached to the camera.
In adults who are under anesthesia, the following is the most common surgical method:
- A cut is most often made on the scrotum, and then, after removing part of the hydrocele sac, the fluid is drained.
After the Procedure
During the first few days after surgery, you should limit activity and try to rest. Generally, normal activity can start again in about four to seven days.