What is “Epididymectomy”?

Removal of the epididymis, leaving the testis remaining. The epididymis is a sac which sits behind the testis and is the site where the sperm mature.

Why do I need this?

This is performed for multiple uncomfortable cysts or chronic pain.

How long does it take?

30 minutes under a general anesthetic.

What are the risks?

  • Haematoma, or blood collection in the scrotum
  • Wound infection – antibiotics are given
  • Atrophy, or shrinkage of the testis
  • Ongoing pain after healing has occurred

What can I expect after surgery?

  • This can be performed as day surgery, or an overnight stay
  • A drain may be left overnight
  • Tight supportive underpants are needed to avoid swelling of the scrotum
  • Avoid heavy lifting and physical exertion for 1 – 2 weeks
  • Your wound is held together by a dissolvable stitch under the skin
  • You will be given an appointment about 3 weeks following surgery