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I am currently in recovery for a hydrocelectomy I had 8 days ago. I read a lot about the procedure and comments/experiences from former patients. My experience was more intense than most of the accounts I found. The surgery itself went well. I had a great team of doctors and nurses that made everything go smoothly (which was greatly appreciated as this my first sugery.) My hydrocele was on my left side and about the size of a grapefruit (it had started 10 years ago.) That night I was tired and somewhat swollen, but felt OK. It wasn't until the next day that the bruising started to appear and within 48 hours, my mid-section was a sea of black and purple. It was very alarming, because no one mentioned this in my recovery instructions or what to expect. It didn't start to get really painful until the 3rd or 4th day. While lying down, the pain is almost non-existent, but standing for longer than a few minutes feels like someone kicking me in my balls over and over again. The worst is during the morning when I have a bowel movement. When my bowel is full or I have gas (flatulence) the pressure from behind makes the pain more intense and is really intense. (BTW My bowel movements have been normal and pass with general ease.) I have taken prescribed pain killers twice and they work very well, but I really can't function on them. I make a point of getting up and moving around even though it can be painful, because it only makes sense to. Just can't wait for the pain to go away as I have a very active life/job and I can't stand lying around.
I would like to hear from others with any similar experiences or suggestions. As I stated, the majority of accounts I had read before surgery never alluded to what I experienced. Thanks
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