Why have scrotal surgery?
Almost all scrotal swellings are non cancerous and give few symptoms. It is important to seek assessment from your doctor. There are 2 common benign conditions that affect the testicles. A hydrodoele is a collection of fluid around the testis and a epididymal cyst is a cyst of the epididymis. Both can be surgical corrected if required. An ultrasound scan will effectively diagnose the cause of the swelling and assess for a testicular cancer. Surgery is only needed if there is a doubt about testicular cancer or if a patient has significant symptoms such as pain or problems with the size of the swelling.
Why choose us?
Our consultants carry out large numbers of scrotal operations on both NHS and private patients. For this reason they have the experience to advise whether surgery is required, and if it is, which type of surgery would be appropriate.
Coming in for this procedure
If you require scrotal surgery, after assessement from a specialist, you will have a pre-operative assessment (including blood tests). On the day of the operation you will be asked to give written consent for the operation. The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Pain is usually minimal and controlled by tablets. Patients are usually fit to go home on the day of surgery. There are risks and side effects associated with all forms of treatment and these should be carefully considered before surgery. Serious complications associated with surgery (heart, lung, and thrombosis problems that could lead to death) are very rare. The commonest adverse effects of this surgery are infection, bleeding, bruising, or more rarely testicular damage or longterm testicular pain.
Follow-up after this procedure
It is adviseable to wear a scrotal support or supportive underwear for several weeks after surgery to limit bruising and to rest for the first week. Routine follow-up is not usually necessary unless a biopsy was taken at the time of surgery.