Watch Hydrocele repair surgery



Hydrocele repair

Hydrocele repair is surgery to correct the swelling of the scrotum that occurs when you have a hydrocele. A hydrocele is the backup of fluid around a testicle.


Baby boys sometimes have a hydrocele at birth. Hydroceles also occur in older boys and men. Sometimes they form when there is also a hernia (an abnormal bulging of tissue) present. Hydroceles are fairly common.




Why the Procedure is Performed?

Hydroceles often go away on their own in children, but not in adults. Most hydroceles in infants will go away by the time they are 2 years old.Your surgeon may recommend hydrocele repair if the hydrocele:

Becomes too large

•Causes problems with blood flow

•Is infected

•Is painful or uncomfortable 


It may also be done if there is a hernia. 


In a baby or child:

•The surgeon makes a small surgical cut in the fold of the groin, and then drains the fluid. The sac (hydrocele) holding the fluid may be removed. The surgeon strengthens the muscle wall with stitches. This is called a hernia repair.

•Sometimes the surgeon uses a laparoscope to do this procedure. A laparoscope is a tiny camera that the surgeon inserts into the area through a small surgical cut. The camera is attached to a video monitor. The surgeon makes the repair with small instruments that are inserted through other small surgical cuts. 

In adults, the cut is most often made on the scrotum. The surgeon then drains the fluid after removing part of the hydrocele sac.


Needle drainage of the fluid is not done very often because the problem will always come back.