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Just had my surgery done 5 days ago. I am 39 years old and in good health. I live in the States (Ohio). I wanted to post my experience on here since reading all the others really helped with the decision to go through with the surgery.
I have had a hydrocele for about 10 years on my left side. It has slowly gotten larger to the size of a small grapefruit on bad days. Makes sports uncomfortable and can see through some clothing. I finally decided to get it taken care of. I went for out-patient surgery at 8:00am and was leaving by about 10:00am. The hospital dressed me in a jockstrap packed with gauze. I have about a 3 inch incision in the middle of my testicles with stiches on the inside and glue on the outside. The first 2 days were really rough. I relied on my pain meds (oxy-codone) and ice. I bought a nice ice pack and would use 15 mins on and 30 mins off. I didn't leave my house until day 4 when I returned to work. I was pretty sore by then end of the day, but ice helped again. My swelling has not been really bad. I would say it's about 1/3 the size pre-op. I have found that wearing compression shorts (with gauze like pad on the incision) then I put the jock strap on the outside of the compression shorts for extra support really works well. I went without the jock strap for a few hours and the pain increased a lot. Wear the shorts and the jock strap.
Overall - yes, it's going to hurt. This is a very sensitive area and cut open, but so far I am so glad I got it done. I should have done this years ago. I am prepared for another week of some pain, but it is getting better each day. I would say day 1 I was about 10% mobile. Day 2 I was 20% mobile. Day 3 about 40% mobile. Day 4 50%. Day 5 (now) about 70%.
Hope this helps someone...feel free to ask questions.
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