Hydrocele surgery post pain issues

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A description of what I am going through and some tips I discovered that helped eleviate post bruising pain.

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    After my surgery (2-3 days) I really began to bruise and swell.  

    In general I did not have severe pain.  Ran more at a 5/10 on the pain scale.  I used Advil for all my pain management after day two.  

    But after day 3 I began having severe pain when I stood up in the morning to go to the bathroom.  Like 7 or 8/10 on the pain scale.  And I would immediately start to bleed fresh blood through my sutures during this pain.  It would hurt so bad the pain would linger on after I put my support briefs back on.  Ice was the only thing that even seemed to deaden the pain and burning I felt under my skin.  

    Now I was using support briefs.  I already had them for my hydrocele.  They are the kind that have a pouch with draw strings that let you cinch up your balls to support them.  They are way better than the jock strap they put you in after surgery because of the adjustment you can make. 

    But here is why I was experiencing pain after a long night in bed.  You go from a night of minimal movement and pretty good support to zero support in order to use the bathroom.  Your swollen balls go from support to being dropped down and that transition is horrible due to the bruising and internal sutures. 

    Solution: tie the support under ware nice and tight.  Think of it like a bra that needs to really hold some weight.  Don’t be afraid to over tighten it in order to get fully supported.  If you think it loosened over night while sleeping tighten it before you stand up.  Even cup your balls before you stand up and support them if you have to when you stand up.  The goal is to keep your sack fully supported while you transition from laying down to standing.  I even took my support under ware and clipped a hole directly over my penis so I would not have to pull them down to urinate.  Seems to have solved the bulk of that pain via the transition. 

    Taking a dump:  you have to pull your briefs down for this so my suggestion is to use your hand to literally hold up you balls and support them while you go.  It’s seems silly but it really does help avoid the severe pain that comes from being fully supported while asleep to zero support in order to pass a stool.   Clean up best you can while continuing to support your sack. 

    For showering: I have sacrificed one of my support briefs to shower in. Once done I take off and put on a clean pair leaving the wet one for the next time I shower. 

    Hope this helps those who experience this type of pain after surgery.  Rule of thumb-  support, support, support.  You want those guys living in a hammock of support bliss.  Take care my brothers.

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    I am curious Rick, did your surgeon install a drain?  I found there was a second incision at the bottom of my sack that had a drain - the medical term is “penrose drain” I think.

    Some surgeons put them in, some don’t.  

    But to your point, yea there is no substitute for keeping the boys riding high.  I purchased several traditional jock straps which worked great for me. I went to work without wearing one and came home to a bigger ball than I had in the morning when I left. 

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    I have a hydrocele, diagnosed on Tuesday, and epididymo-orchitis. I'm still in awful pain but I don't know if that is due to the epididymo-orchitis or the hydrocele.

    Anyway, Rick, you're so right about going for a dump. I couldn't bear to even try until it occurred to me that I still need to support the balls.

    I'm not sure there is any intention to drain the hydrocele but that's what I want because I cannot go on with this massive bollock giving me gyp.


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      David- my assumption is that the pain is due to the epididymo-orchiti.  I never had any kind of real pain with a hydrocele only and had not read of others with pain of a hydrocele unless it had become TOO big.  The epididymo is an infection so  my guess is that needs to be addressed first before a hydrocele surgery is done.  Glad my advice on support helped you.  Hang in there.  
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