Recovery from surgery
A hydrocelectomy normally takes around a half-hour. You can usually go home the same day. You’ll need someone to drive you home. The doctor may install a small tube in your scrotum to allow fluids to drain.
Immediately following surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery room for observation until it’s safe for you to go home. If you had general anaesthesia, you may feel sedated and nauseated, and your throat may be sore from the breathing tube.
You’ll schedule a follow-up appointment in a few weeks so your doctor can check for proper healing and possible signs of infection or other complications.
At home, expect swelling and soreness for a few days. During this time, your scrotum will be bandaged. Using a jockstrap to support your scrotum reduces discomfort.
For the first few days, apply cold packs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and pain. Learn how to make your own cold compress at home. You can shower if the bandaged area is covered to prevent it from being soaked. Don’t take baths, swim, or sit in a hot tub until the wound heals. Your scrotum may remain swollen for up to a month.
Don’t lift heavy weights and avoid vigorous exercise during your recovery. You’ll be advised not to have sex for up to six weeks. Don’t drive while you’re taking sedating pain medications.