Since hydrocele repairs are performed as outpatient procedures, your child won't need to spend the night in the hospital. Such operations are completed in an hour or less.
On the day of surgery, you will meet with both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist prior to the operation. During surgery, dissolvable stitches will be used under the skin by the surgeon. After surgery, the dressing used to keep the incision clean and free of infection will naturally come off.
Teenage boys experience adult-type hydroceles caused by other issues such as infection, torsion (testicular twisting), or a tumor. For teenage boys with adult-type hydroceles the surgical treatment is contrary to that of a child with hydroceles. A scrotum incision and gauze bandages are often used to cover the surgery region for a few days in teenage boys with adult-type hydroceles.
Even though there usually isn't much discomfort following hydrocelectomy, your child may require a prescription for pain medication from a doctor, such as simple Tylenol or Tylenol with codeine every 4 to 6 hours for pain. The medications are given at first when your child is in the recovery room.
The majority of children are discharged from the hospital on the same day as their operation. Some, however, are admitted to the hospital for observation. Your child will be in the recovery room following surgery until they are ready to go home. Parents are welcome to give their children company in the recovery room until they are cleared to go home by the doctor.
After a hydrocelectomy, make sure your child rests for at least three weeks and avoids physical activity such as using straddle toys or bicycles, participating in sports, or going to a gym class. Your child should refrain from bathing for at least five days. Your child may take a sponge bath at home, but they should avoid taking a tub bath or swimming.
Depending on how they feel, many children are cleared to return to school within 2 to 3 days of surgery. However, it is advisable for the parent to schedule a two-week follow-up appointment with their child’s doctor on the day following the surgery for the doctor to check how the area is healing.