A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in the scrotum that causes a swelling which is soft but often painless. It is a common condition in newborns but can occur in people of all ages. The swelling may be uncomfortable and unsightly but is often painless and is generally not considered to be dangerous. If the hydrocele becomes too large or causes a level of discomfort then surgery may be recocmended to remove the hydrocele.
The most common symptom of a hydrocele is the enlargement of your scrotum. Other potential symptoms can include pain and swelling of the scrotum.
A hydrocele diagnosis is often performed by a Urologist that will examine the scrotum or refer you for an ultrasound that may be used to confirm the diagnosis. They may use a technique known as transillumination where a light is shone behind both testicles to check for solid masses that could be caused by other issues such as testicular cancer. A GP may refer you to a Urologist for blood tests and an ultrasound of your testicles which will help to show for the rare sign of testicular cancer.
In some cases, the hydrocele will go away within six to 12 months and sometimes the fluid of the hydrocele can be removed with a needle and syringe. A persistent hydrocele is best removed with surgery, known as a hydrocelectomy to ensure it does not recur. The procedure is done under a general anaesthetic, takes around 30 minutes and involves a small incision to drain the fluid. The procedure is normally performed as day surgery and pain killers may be prescribed for any discomfort after the operation.
The Consultants at London Urology have years of experience in treating Hydrocele and can advise on the best treatment methods for your particular situation. Same day appointments are available by contacting our unit cordinator on 020 7432 8297 or firstname.lastname@example.org