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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:

Seek care immediately if:

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

Contact your doctor 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.

Medicines:

  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • 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.

Self-care:

  • Wear an athletic supporter as directed. This device helps decrease swelling and pain, and holds bandages on your scrotum.
  • Apply ice on your scrotum for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
  • 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.

Follow up with your doctor or urologist as directed:

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

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