Plz update us on Sclerotherapy results

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Hello all,

I have had a failed hydrocelectomy. I am very interested in the nonsurgical alternative available through Dr Levine in Chicago and several others in Utah. Could those who have had the procedure please post updates on your condition and if the fix lasted. I am sure there are many besides myself who are interested and the postings and follow up reports from people who have had are are sporadic on this forum.

Lets hear how you are doing and what the procedure and immediate aftermath were like as well as longer term results.

Thanks so much

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    I had my Hydrocelectomy suregry done last year. I have stidied this subject in great depth and range. First and foremost:

    1. Hydrocele can't be cured by any medicine . Only surgery can get rid of Hydrocele
    2. If Hydrocelectomy suregry failed, forget about your existing urologist and you need to go to a another reputed Urologist surgeon who has successfully done Hydrocele surgeries for at least 10 years and get it operated again at right time. Follow advice of the experienced and successful Urologist surgeon.
    3. The surgery should be done in a modern Hospital and not in a Urologist's clinic
    4. Proper after surgery care should be taken along with at least 2-3 weeks of rest and antibiotics, maintaining proper hygiene so that local infection is avoided.
    5. Often you should insist on your surgeon to prescribe one week course of antibiotics as it prevents any secondary infections
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      I wholeheartedly agree with the above points. I had surgery in hospital , day surgery unit in December and was fully healed by Mid January. I had a great surgeon here in Washington who specialized in the field and really no bad outcome, noticeable scar and now looks like there is no difference in scrotum. I guess the size of a guys hydrocele is an important consideration to healing time. Happy to recommend hospital and doc if you pm me.

      thanks

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    I went to Dr Levine last July - waited the 4 months they recommended and had a failed result (it became larger than before) . They said I could have another procedure done or go the hydrocelectomy route as they could only do it twice. In the meantime I called the Utah PA that was mentioned on this board - he told me he did not practice sclerotherapy any longer and also that he never had a 100% successful sclerotherapy that did not require surgery. So that kind of helped make my mind up - had surgery in December and am doing great now.

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      Just wondering how your surgery went. I'm schedule to have it done in a week and a half. I was considering doing the sclerotherapy and just read your post. thanks...

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      Surgery went well - after reading several posts on here post op was definitely more difficult than I had planned. Supposedly a fever/sweats is the norm for a few days after surgery - especially if you are resting more than up walking - and the anesthesia really seemed to effect me in terms of doing the breathing exercises afterwords (with that ball breathing thing). The first week is tough, but worth it after a year with a hydrocele. Back to doing crossfit now and doing great. I'd do surgery sooner than waiting a year from hydrocele diagnosis if I had to do it again.

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    I just had my hydrocyle drained today. 400cc. my uroligist is researching sclerotherapy and is open to trying anything. I'm in Oklahoma and will update.

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    Hi Tyler,

    Welcome to this ballsy group. 😃 I am Charlie, the person who started this thread of inquiry about Sclerotherapy. If you read the several replies from people who actually tried it, the results are not promising. One of the two Drs who used the procedure has reportedly dropped it for lack of success. I am very interested if you find evidence to the contrary.

    Meanwhile, I am interested in your results with draining the hydrocele. Has the effect lasted? Some here say it refills in a day or two but its not clear if they speak from experience. I am hoping for some reports from people who have actually had the draining done to see if you can get longer results. Like for instance, if your hydrocele took two years to fill to an alarming size, will draining it buy you another two years before it refills to previous size? Keep us posted, please. I may bother you for an update in a few months and encourage others who had theirs drained to pipe in with feedback. Thanks to everyone. This group does not discuss often but its valuable when they do.

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      i had my hydrocele aspirated more than once. it always came back. it was much smaller than 400cc though. finally had surgery to remove in December. Best decision, great results.

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      I will go back for my follow up in a week and a half. Ill update what he says about Sclerotherapy. Been 4 days no change yet, however I assume it will come back. I've been researching hydroceles for 2 years hopeing a viable alternative to surgery is found.

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    Thanks for your contribution. May I ask how long it took for the aspirated hydrocele to return to its previous size after treatment?

    Thanks

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    Hello All:

    I study all medical issues in great details as I am a scientist having published papers on electronics. Please keep one thing in mind: There is only one permanent and sure cure for Hydrocele and that is by surgery. Any other method is either temporary or a hoax. No need to worry about Hydrocele surgery. It is a straight forward procedure. Recovery in 1 month.

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