The experienced urologists at Marina del Rey Hospital will evaluate and analyze each patient's affection and create personalized treatment plans. In addition, our specialists have access to some of the most effective and innovative medical techniques available, which helps them cure the patients' conditions and alleviate their symptoms effectively.
A hydrocele is a usually painless fluid-filled sac that forms around one or both testicles and causes inflammation in the scrotum. Although it is most common in newborns, the condition can affect men of all ages. Statistically, ten percent of men are born with a hydrocele.
Generally, hydroceles do not pose any threats to the testicles and disappear without any treatment. However, if enlargement of the scrotum is noticed, a visit to the doctor’s office should be mandatory as this can be caused by testicular cancer.
In the majority of cases, hydroceles go away on their own within a year for babies and six months for adults. If they do not disappear or if they continue to enlarge and cause discomfort, they might need to be removed surgically. There are two methods for a patient to have the hydroceles removed:
There are two types of hydrocele:
Hydroceles do not generally cause symptoms, but, when present, symptoms can include:
When a patient shows signs of a hydrocele, doctors usually recommend:
The majority of cases of hydroceles are found in newborns, prominently in those born prematurely. In adults, it is most common in men over 40 and some of the risks for developing it are:
The causes for hydrocele differ from newborns to men, as follows:
Some people have found alternative treatments to be beneficial for alleviating their symptoms, although they have not been scientifically confirmed. Some of these treatments include:
Since this condition develops in utero, there is nothing that can prevent hydrocele in newborns, although, proper prenatal care can help prevent premature births and thus reducing the infant’s risk of having hydrocele.
For adults, it is recommended to take precautions to protect their genital area from any possible trauma, exercise three to five times a week and to use protection against STI’s.
Are you suffering from hydrocele? You can always learn more about hydroceles and how to treat and cure them by getting in touch with our highly-skilled urologists at Marina del Rey Hospital.