Figuring out how to treat hydrocele testis should be left up to the trained professionals. Anything, such as a hydrocele, that has the ability to effect your family jewels should always be handled with caution. Hydroceles are generally painless fluid filled sacs that grow near the testis. They result in the swelling of the scrotum. Apparently, hydroceles can disappear on their own. If, however, they start to cause discomfort then you should consult a doctor. You need to make sure that the swelling of your scrotum is actually caused by the hydrocele and not, say, testicular cancer. After the doc has determined that your balls are safe, you can look into removing the hydrocele. Here's how doctors treat hydrocele testis.
- Doing nothing at all. One option is to just sit back and leave the hydrocele testis alone. Hydroceles are known to eventually fade on their own. You're probably thinking "Oh Hell no! Get rid of it now!!!" Well, doctors would opt to sit back and wait to see what the hydrocele does. If it's not causing you any pain or discomfort, there's no rush to invasively remove the hydrocele. But, who really wants to carry around that extra luggage if they don't have to right?
- Hydrocelectomy. It's a pretty big word isn't it. Well what the doctors do is they make any incision in either the scrotum or abdomen to get at the hydrocele. They surgically remove the little pest. The best part about this whole ordeal is the fact that you have to wear a drainage tube and a cumbersome medical dress over your balls for a few days. You may even need extra support for your scrotum for some time after the surgery. What fun. Oh, and you may need to apply ice to your testis to prevent swelling. Wait a minute. Didn't you get the hydrocele removed to eliminate the swelling? And even after the procedure, you have to sport bags of ice on your sac to keep it from swelling. Wow.
- Needle Aspiration. As if this sounds any better. The doc's going to take a needle and remove the fluid from the hydrocele. This, of course, means puncturing your scrotum to get to the fluid filled hydrocele. The problem with this is that the fluid can return. What?! You may have to go in and repeat the procedure. Who wants to make getting their sac punctured a habit? The doctors can shoot a hardening liquid into the collapsed hydrocele causing it to stiffen. This'll keep the fluid from returning.
- Risks. The surgical risks include bloodclots, scrotal injury and an infection. The needle option can lead to an infection or scrotal pain. Now you understand why doctors would rather wait to see if the hydrocele leaves on its own.
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