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Your son's doctor will likely notice his scrotum is swollen. Often, the testicle can't be felt because of the fluid surrounding it.
A hydrocele can then be easily diagnosed by shining a light through the scrotum. If the scrotum is full of fluid, it will light up. The doctor may want to perform an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and check the testis on the side suspected of having a hydrocele.
Closed hydroceles usually go away with time in infants. If the hydrocele has not disappeared by the time your son turns 1 or becomes very large, he may need surgery. Communicating hydroceles, persisting for more than six months, generally require surgery to prevent future complications.
You will see both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist before the operation on the day of surgery. Your son will receive general anesthesia, so he will feel no pain.
Teenage boys with adult hydroceles have surgical repair performed through an incision in the scrotum. The surgical site is typically protected for a few days with a supporter and gauze dressings.
Most children go home the same day as the operation. However, some spend a night in the hospital for observation. After surgery, your son will stay in the recovery room until he is ready to go home. Parents are welcome to stay with their children in the recovery room.
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