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Spermatocelectomy

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A spermatocelectomy is surgery to remove a spermatocele. A spermatocele is a cyst (sac of fluid) that contains sperm. It forms inside your scrotum on the outside of your testicle. The cyst is most often attached to your epididymis. The epididymis is a tube that stores sperm.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • NSAIDs decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs are available without a doctor's order. Ask your healthcare provider which medicine is right for you. Ask how much to take and when to take it. Take as directed. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding and kidney problems if not taken correctly.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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 healthcare provider as directed:

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

Follow up with your healthcare provider or urologist as directed:

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

Self-care:

  • Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel and place it on your scrotum for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use ice for up to 2 days.
  • Limit heavy activity for 1 week after your surgery. Heavy activity includes lifting heavy objects or strenuous exercise. Ask your healthcare provider which activities are okay to do.

Contact your healthcare provider or urologist if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have swelling in your testicle that is getting worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You have severe, sudden pain in your scrotum or testicle.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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