What is a hydrocele?

A hydrocele is a swelling around the testicle caused by a collection of fluid.

All boys have a connection between their abdomen and their scrotum before they are born. By birth, this connection is usually closed. If it stays open, the fluid that surrounds the bowel may trickle down and collect in the scrotum (see figure 1).


Scrotum Surgery

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Figure 1

What are the benefits of surgery?

Your child should no longer have the hydrocele. Surgery should prevent your child from having discomfort or embarrassment caused by the hydrocele getting larger as he gets older.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Surgery is usually recommended if the connection has not closed by the time your child is one year old.

What does the operation involve?

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about an hour.

Keyhole surgery can be used to repair a hydrocele but most hydroceles in children are repaired through a cut on the groin.

Your surgeon will find the connection and tie it off.

What complications can happen?

1 General complications

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Unsightly scarring
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)

2 Specific complications

  • Developing a collection of blood or fluid
  • Injury to nerves
  • Damage of the blood supply to the testicle
  • Damage to the tube that carries sperm

How soon will my child recover?

Your child should be able to go home the same day.

They will usually be well enough to return to school after one to two weeks.

For a small number of children the hydrocele comes back.


Author: Mr Shailinder Singh DM FRCS (Paed. Surg.) and Mr Jonathan Sutcliffe FRCS

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Private Scrotum Surgery treatment prices.

Option In London Outside London Under 16's
£2750.00 £2480.00 £3050.00

Scrotum Surgery - where does it take place?

HCA Healthcare UK hospitals offering Urology treatments

See below for the HCA hospitals that offer private Scrotum Surgery treatment.

Scrotum Surgery - consultants

Consultants offering Urology treatments

Some of the country's top consultants choose to practice in our World-Class Private Hospitals and private units. See below for the consultants available for this procedure.

Only Mr Felim Murphy performs the paediatric procedure at The Portland Hospital.

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