Hydrocele - Treatment

Simple Hydrocele will go away in a few days after birth but your doctor will suggest for a surgery if it lasts for more than a year.

If it is a communicating hydrocele then surgery is usually required as it can lead to hernia.


Hydrocelectomy is a minor surgery for hydrocele after which the patient can be discharged the very same day. The surgery involves the removal of fluids inside the sac. During the surgery, the patient will be given general anesthesia to make him sleep without pain during the surgery. A small cut is made in the scrotum or lower abdomen. Then the surgeon will drain the fluid and stitch the sac to be closed.

After the surgery, some may feel discomfortable, in which case, pain reducing medications or applying an ice pack will be helpful.

Complications of hydrocelectomy include blood clots, infection, and injury to the scrotal area.


A long needle is used to drain the fluids inside the sac. In some cases, a drug is injected to prevent from filling again. Aspiration is not the most common treatment for hydroceles but it may be performed when someone is at high risk of surgery.

Complications of aspiration are temporary pain in your scrotum and risk of infection.

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