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Hydrocele Surgery

A hydrocele is a build up on fluids in one or both of the testicles that is usually painless. 

The build up of fluid also causes the scrotum and groin areas to swell. The problem is common in new born babies and can occur also at any time in later life. The disorder is not generally dangerous and the cause is unknown.

Hydroceles in new born babies occur between the abdomen and the scrotum, with the openings usually closing at a very young age. 

Hydorceles in later life can be caused by trauma or injury to the area or inflammation and infection and will become rather unsightly.

In extremely rare cases the hydorcele could mean cancer of the testicle or of the left kidney. This must be stressed is not a common diagnosis but it is important to be checked thoroughly. 

Hydroceles are usually only treated when they become painful or uncomfortable. In some cases the hydrocele will disappear on its own and care must be taken to keep checking the area.

With the procedure to drain the hydrocele with a needle often meaning the hydrocele returning, surgery is sometimes the favoured option.

The surgeon will make a small incision in the scrotum under general anaesthetic and repair or remove the fluid filled sac.

All options will be discussed with the consultant prior to the procedure. 

Fluid can also be removed from a hydrocele with a needle (aspiration). But hydroceles that are aspirated often return, and surgery may then be needed. Aspiration is recommended only for men who are not physically able to have surgery because of the risk of infection and recurrence.

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If the patient is paying for their own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 257 6700