What is a “hydrocoele”?

A hydrocoele is a fluid-filled sac surrounding the testis. A small hydrocoele is normal and may provide protective support. A large hydrocoele may be uncomfortable and limit physical activity.

Why do I need this?

Hydrocoeles are usually excised due to discomfort and large size.

How long does it take?

30 minutes under a general anaesthetic.

What are the risks?

  • Haematoma, or blood collection in the scrotum
  • Wound infection
  • Recurrence of hydrocoele

What can I expect after surgery?

  • This is usually performed as a day surgery procedure
  • 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