Hydrocele (Adult) Repair
A hydrocele is a fluid filled sac in the scrotum.
▪ It is normal and expected to have
discomfort in your testicles and
scrotum. Pain medicine will be
ordered for you to take as
needed. The scrotum and
testicle(s) may be tender for up to
▪ Your scrotum may be very
swollen for several days and up
to a couple of weeks after
surgery. To help reduce
swelling, you may use an ice
pack for the first 24 – 48 hours;
then as needed. Use the ice pack
for 20 – 30 minutes on, then 20 –
30 minutes off.
▪ You may have a temporary drain
called a Penrose to drain any
extra fluid and blood.
Change the gauze pads as
▪ For the first week, keep the
wound clean and dry. Keep the
wound covered with a gauze pad.
Change the gauze pad daily, and
if it gets wet or soiled.
▪ For the first 2 weeks, wear a
scrotal support at all times; then
as needed. Keep the scrotal
support clean and dry.
▪ You may shower after 24 hours.
Blot the area dry.
▪ Do not soak in a bathtub,
swimming pool, Jacuzzi, or hot
tub for 5 days, until your incision
is completely healed.
▪ Do not lift more than 10 pounds
for 3 weeks.
▪ No sexual activity for 5 days.
▪ The length of time needed before
you can go back to work depends
on how well you recover and the
kind of work you do. Check with
You will have a follow up visit in 7 – 14
days. This will be scheduled before you
leave the hospital.
When to Call the Doctor
▪ Redness, warmth, or pus-like
drainage from the incision
▪ Severe pain that does not improve with
▪ Increase in swelling of scrotum
▪ Temperature over 100.5 θ F. by mouth, for
2 readings taken 4 hours apart
▪ Bleeding that soaks the dressing in
1 hour or less
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