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My Hydrocele experience started in late 2019. Following an inguingal hernia repair and a prostate biopsy, I started noticing that my left testicle was growing. I don't know whether the origin was related to the previous procedures but I suspect it may have been connected with the hernia repair.
Had an ultrasound which diagnosed the problem as a hydrocele rather than anything worse and since it was small it was suggested I ignore it unless it became a problem. Well, gradually it did, growing to the size of a lemon by early 2022 and continuing to get bigger to something approaching grapefruit size by November 2022. The hydrocele had never been painful, but at that size it's unsightly, irritating and a barrier to sex and problematic for cycling.
During that period I attended the Urology clinic at Guy's hospital and was put on the list for surgery which happened two days ago.
I was told that because the hydrocele was large, they would probably insert a drain (short plastic tube) and keep me in hospital overnight rather than discharging me on the same day. Immediately after the operation, I was told they had removed a pint of fluid (so ~440ml).
No pain after the procedure and no obvious swelling. The drain was removed the next morning and I was discharged, still pain-free.
I'm now approaching 48 hours from the operation and there's some evident swelling or fluid accumulation on the left side of my scrotum but little bruising and still no pain. I've been given a course of antibiotics and pain relief (just paracetamol), though the latter has been unnecessary so far. I'm comfortable, can walk, sit and sleep and if things continue like this, I'll be delighted. I was particularly concerned about post-operative pain and so far I have had none.
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