5 days Post Op

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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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    Just wanted to give an update (Nov 7,2014). Today is day 7. On day 6 things continued to improve. I had a work event t that I was the host of and actually did some dancing. I am a little sore, but not too bad.I am moving pretty much back to normal. I am goung to hold off on any running or exercise for at least another week or two.
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    Hi Laddman, How are you? thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Do you know how much would your surgery have cost if you hadn't had a health insurance? (I assume you have a health insurance). Also, for how long did you abstain from working out? and how are you doing right now?

    God bless you

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      Hello sad44158. I just looked at my bills and it appears with if you add everything up from the pre-op visits to the post-op follow ups I was bills aproximately $14,500.00. I did have insurance. I'm not sure if they would have reduced those bills if I was uninsured. I was running and working out by the 3rd week post-op. I have had no issues at all and very happy I had the surgery. It's a great think to not have to think about any longer.
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    I am a 66 year old male, and my experience in post surgery was similar to yours laddman. Lots of Ice, and Tylenol-3 until I got too constipated was what I used to relieve the pain.  Advil afterwards with the ice. By day 5 after the surgery I was able to mow my lawn with a self propelled power mower.  Day 6 I was sorer than day 4, but by the seventh day after surgery, I felt very little discomfort.  Jock strap and winged panty liners was what I was sent home wearing from the hospltal, and I stuck to that arrangement.  It gave me support, comfort, and absorbed the leakage until it stopped flowing.  I am now about 75 days after surgery, and I report no problems of ant sort.
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    Morning Sir! After d surgery 4 your Hydrocele, were u incontinent; and, if so, did u recover frm incontinence?
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      No incontinance, just constipation that started day 3 after surgery.  I read the literature that came with my Tylenol-3 from the pharmacy alerting me to possible constipation as a side-effect.  My pain was lesening, and I had only a few more Tylenol-3's to take, so i switched to the Advil to see if I got enough pain relief to stay off of The Tylenol-3 and the constipation.  The Advil worked out fine, and my constipation subsided.
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      Sorry I am just getting this. I was out of town lst week. If you are asking about constipation, I was from the pain killers. I took stool-softner to help with that side effect. As soon as I stopped taking the pills the constipation stopped as well.
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