Hydrocele

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A hydrocele is a collection of fluid inside the scrotum. The scrotum holds the testicles. Hydroceles are simple or communicating. A simple hydrocele stays the same size. A communicating hydrocele gets bigger and smaller as fluid flows into and out of the scrotum.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.

    • Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.

    • Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.

    • Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or urologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Support:

You may need to wear a fabric support device similar to a jock strap to decrease swelling.

Wound care:

Ask your primary healthcare provider how to care for your incision after surgery.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or urologist if:

  • The swelling gets worse or does not go away.

  • Your scrotum is swollen and you have a fever.

  • Your surgery wound is swollen, red, or it is leaking green or yellow fluid.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe pain in your scrotum.

  • You see blood on your bandages and the amount is increasing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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