When should I call a doctor for help after hydrocelectomy?

Hydrocelectomy is generally considered a safe surgery, with only a 2% risk of infection or complications. Your doctor will tell you more about the risks that are related to this procedure and how they manifest.

The procedure is easy and should be free of the complications that come with surgery, but if they do occur, it is important to alert your doctor. Consequently, if any of the following occur, call your doctor:

  • Signs of infection, including fever or chills
  • Excessive bleeding from the incision site
  • Changes in redness, discharge, pain, or drainage
  • Swelling of scrotum gets worse
  • Pain that cannot be controlled with medications you were given
  • New or unexpected symptoms

As with all surgical procedures, reactions to anesthesia, intraoperative blood loss, and wound infection can also occur. The most common complications following hydrocelectomy are persistent scrotal swelling and hardening, which due to minimally invasive procedures, are much less common than with open hydrocelectomy. In patients with significant operative trauma, wound infections and abscesses - accumulation of pus in the scrotum - occur more frequently.

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