Dont be scared of hydrocele surgery

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I had read some posts regarding hydrocele surgery and was really terrified by the horror stories I read. I finally went in for surgery about 5 weeks back (after holding off for about 3 years). I am glad I finally had my surgery and my recommendation would be to not be scared as long as you are going to a good doctor. So check out the surgeon and make sure he is good before you have surgery.

I was scared of going under anesthesia because this was my first time. I have to tell you, that was the best sleep I have ever had. I had no recollection of the time I was under, absolutely no side effects and no pain when I woke up.  As long as your anesthesiologist is good, you have absolutely nothing. 

Do yourself a favor. Don't keep putting this surgery off specially if the hydrocele is big. You had better had this surgery when you are young vs when you are a few years older.  The docs will give you sufficient medicine for pain management. I took oxycodone just the day of the surgery and hated it because it made my head go round for an hour or two.  I took advil for the next two days and did not need any more pain medication after that. The surgeon typically loads you with pain medication so you have absolutely no pain for a few hours after the surgery.

This is becoming a long post, so let me stop here. I will post more later.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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    Here are some do's and dont's for the surgery:

    1. Dont be scared smile  I was really stressed out before the surgery and later realized what a fool I was to be so scared. 

    2. Tell the doc what medicines and supplements you are taking. He/she might ask you to stop a few of those a week or two before the surgery (especially blood thinners).  Be careful to discuss this with your doc and make notes so you do not forget what to stop prior to the surgery.

    3. You will need a good support for the scrotum after the surgery. You can provide this by folding a piece of cloth (or a handkerchief) below the scrotum inside your boxers. You might also think of purchasing a "suspensory", which supports the scrotum just like a bra supports breasts.

    Make sure to buy a larger size of the suspensory so it does not squeeze the scrotum when you wear it.  I would suggest getting the extra large size. You can pad it with gauze or cloth if it is too big. 

    4.After the surgery, make sure you get sufficient rest so the incision heals. You do not want the stitches to open up.

    5. Set up an appointment with your doctor within a week of the surgery for a follow up examination. 

    6. Purchase some sterile gauze pads from a local pharmacy so you can place them between your boxers or the suspensory and the scrotum. 

    7. I had made a suspensory at home by cutting a pair of socks at the heel and leaving a portion that can be tucked into the elastic of the boxers. This can be used to provide support to the scrotum if you have not been able to purchase a suspensory. 

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    I'm 4 days post surgery . I'm glad to hear your surgery went well. I agree on anesthesia. If they recommend general anesthesia one should go for it. It took me like ...max 5 minutes from they told me to lay on the operation table to I was hooked up to ECG and blacked out. I still remember something went into my left hand  where they placed an IV. I think they were all really good on calm me down by asking questions about totally unrelated topics for like 20 sec...and then I blacked out. It's a really strange feeling. You suddenly wake up...even thought you have been gone for maybe like 1 hour and 10 min.

    When it comes to pain post surgery I find it really difficult to describe. I went for pain medication twice after the surgery. There was a really uncomfortable feeling but I'm not really sure if I should describe it as pain. In my case I feel uncomfortable when sitting in the chair or walking. Standing without moving or laying in bed feels most comfortable. 

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    Good eve Brother!I'm planning to have my surgery in the next month if everything goes good.I've been suffering from it since 7 years.At last I'm going for it but I'm scared of it as usual...I love martial arts and body building a lot and i was unable to enter into that dream world because of this till now.My first doubt is,will it effect my dreams(I mean martial arts and body building) in the future?The rate of recurrence?how many days will pain and swelling long?Thank you!

     

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      You have nothing to be scared of. A lot of people undergo surgery. The pain for a hydrocle surgery is about 5/10 or less. The pain of childbirth is around 10/10 (so most mothers undergo more pain).  Since you are so active and fit, the healing will be a lot quicker than most others. Just check out the doctor and the surgical facility to be sure they are reliable and you should be fine. Please take sufficient rest for the first week so as to not stress out the stitches. Talk to your doctor about when you can get back to martial arts - dont be a hero and relax and let it heal. Your body building and martial arts will be far better after the surgery.  You can probably get back to it in a month. 
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      Thanks a lot brother.One thing to not here is...I was practicing martial arts at the age of 10.After it,I became so far to them just working out occassionally...I'm saying this cause to let you know I'm not fit right now. Because of this hydrocele,I'm so embarrassed to go out of my home...I'm sick of this inactive,dull hydrocele life.As going out of home is not best of my choices,to seek pleasure and fun at home,I got addicted to porn and self pleasure....Now I'm bored of this dumb way of living...All these years,I was living the life which I hate most.All I keep dreaming every day and night is that ROCK HARD WARRIOR like BODY,playing with SWORDS,WORKING OUT MY ASS OFF at the gym...I cried many nights as I'm unable to live the warrior way of life...I had never entered a gym till now...You could imagine how difficult it feels to restrain oneself from his dreams...I'm 21 years old and I'm very happy to share my thoughts with another one who's suffering from the same problem...Pardon me if I'm messing with you by expressing my 'DREAM STUFF'.Thank You bro.
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      Dont worry bro. The sooner you do the surgery the better off you will be. I am speaking from first hand experience. Most of the fear comes from imagination. So do not think too much smile This is a very common surgery and the anesthesia and pain medications are very advanced now. Just be sure to read some reviewes of the surgeon and check out his success history before you go for the surgery.  After the surgery, you will laugh at yourself for being so stressed out smile   If you are still scared, pray to the universal power that is out there (for everyone) and your fears will go away.
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      Thanks a lot bro...I'm feeling so cool and lite now!You've boosted me up!By the way,how's your recovery now?Hope you're getting better day by day.May you recover quick as hell!And your words carry a bit of SPIRITUALITY....!huh!wink....Anyways its nice talking to you!Thank You once again! 
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      Hello Brother!

      Reading your post was like reading about myself 😃 I'm a Martial Artist and prior Body Builder. I have not had this procedure as of yet but I'm sure I will be having it performed. It's my guess that my martial arts has led up to this. I have had this for quite a few years (a lot of years). Thank you for your post GODS SPEED IN YOUR ENDERVER IN THE MARTIAL ARTS.

      GODS PEACE & BLESSING 

      Brother Steve 🙏 

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      And thanks for your WISH BRO... MAY THE ALMIGHTY BLESS YOU AND AID YOU IN CROSSING THIS OBSTACLE... ROCK YOUR LIFE WITH MARTIAL ARTS BRO!
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    Bro I got another doubt!What about the sutures made to the everted sac inside the scrotum?are they dissolvable?if not,will they remain inside permanently?And also I read that the movement of operated testicle will be restricted as the sac is everted and tied to its back.is it true?And what about your recovery?Are you fine now?Thanks.
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      sorry for the late response on this thread. I was actually feeling pretty fine in less than a month. It is more than a month now and I can basically do whatever I like to do.  After your surgery, avoid strenous exercise till you are confident the cut has healed well.  No use being a hero and having the cut re-open up.  I have not felt any restrictions of the kind you have mentioned. Stop reading all the scary crap !! This is a very standard and easy surgery and nothing to worry about. Just get it done soon. Remember this is half as painful as childbirth. if you ever have children, your wife will probably have a lot more pain than you will with this surgery. So be brave keeping that in mind!!  I had very little pain to be honest. Most of the issues I had was to do with inconvenience and being uncomfortable. No real pain. Just keep some gauze handy so you can place it between the scrotum and the boxers for comfort.  And get a scrotal support like  the suspensory. That helps a lot while walking and/or sleeping.  Get it in extra large size. Or you can cut up a pair of socks and make it at home quite easily.  Watch some youtube videos on suspensory to get an idea of how to make it at home.  Good luck !! Dont worry. Worrying is worse than the pain smile    When is your surgery scheduled ?
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      One more thing - being inside a surgical chamber (operation theater) the first time is a little scary.  Just remember that a lot of people go through it so dont be scared smile  I had told the doc giving the anesthesia to not give me any warning that he was going to give me the anesthesia. I remember talking with him and the next thing i remembered was waking up, feeling no pain at all (they give you a lot of medication) and feeling really happy this was finally over.  Remember to purchase some advil and other medication on the way home.  Also remember to use the bathroom before you leave the hospital. They give you IV during the surgery, so your bladder will be full after the surgery. Good luck bro!! Go for it.  Dont think too much !!
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      Here is how to make a home made harness to support the balls after the surgery.

      You can create a harness at home by cutting up a pair of socks to support the scrotum area. this harness will hold just the scrotum up just like a bra holds the breasts up. This provides much more support than the boxers provide.  Imagine tying a string to a cup and holding it up by the string. Imagine making something like this from the sock where the string (part of the sock) can be tucked into the belt to hold the cup up.

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      Glad to see reply from you bro!I have exams from 25th of this month...as soon as they're over,I'll go for it...But I'm a crazy guy with lots of doubts..And I cant resist from asking themcheesygrin....In the surgery,the inside sac is everted...does it mean the sac will be covering the testicle as it used to do before?And I'm also glad to see very positive replies from you...Healing faster,no pain...these things make me HAPPY and are boosting me up. Be sure to answer my doubtrolleyes.Thanks bro!Take Care and Get WELL soon!
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      hey ... I do not know about the inverted sac. From the outside the scrotum looks normal after the surgery.  Everything should go back to normal after the surgery.  Ask your doctor for details of the "inverted sac".  Dont rely on public forums, as people might describe these things wrongly and people like you might read them and start worrying !!  I am not saying there will be no pain. There will be some pain, but it will be under control.  There will be some inconvenience for the first few days  Spend as much time as possible flat on your back to rest the first three days. That is the most comfortable position.  Sleep, watch movies. Read books. relax.  have fun !  You can walk around from the first day itself, but limit that and lie down for as long as possible. Think about your exams now, not about the silly surgery ...   dammit !!  smile
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      Haha COOL BRO!coolI'm gonna focus on my exams now...I'll be back after my surgery...!TAKE CARE...MAY YOU GET COMPLETELY HEALED ASAP!smileThank You.
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