Question about swelling after Hydrocele Surgery

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I am about two weeks post surgery and as I've read swelling is pretty normal after a hydrocele surgery. But what I'm wondering is how do I tell the difference between normal swelling and the hydrocele returning?

My testicle is about the size of a baseball and it feels similar to the hydrocele. It's not squishy, but more meaty than anything... Parts orbit are smooth but some parts are veiny... I'm almost wondering if it's my epididymitis that's swollen...

If anyone has any insight or comments please feel free, I know swelling is normal and I need to be patient but I really don't want to have surgery again and just would like some reassurance from some others who have had the same procedure

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    don,

    They drained 100c.c.'s, or about a quart of fluid from my hydrocele, so the difference is size before and after surgery was evident.  If I recall right, I did notice my post surgery swelling going down about 2-3 weeks after, so I would not be overly concerned yet if I were you.

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      I hope I'm the same, I can handle 12 weeks... My concern is in afraid I already have fluid back. I know they turn the hydrocele sack inside out so it can fill up again but it feels kind of like it did before surgery except bigger.. Do you recall what you're swelling felt like? Was it all hard or was some of it softer and feel thicker? It's not really squishy but almost meaty feeling
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    Can you please say how your case is now? Do you still feel that the testicle is stiched to the sac? How is the swelling? Is everything back to normal? 
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      The testicle was never sewed to the sac but it did have that feeling when it was swollen.. the swelling didn't go down on its own, I had to go back under the knife 2 months later because it never decreased... my DR still never explained why it swelled or why it wouldn't go down.. he had to cut open the area slightly (the bottom of the scrotum) and drain it then put a small rubber tube in for a week.. the procedure wasn't bad, about what a vasectomy is (from what I've been told).. the pain was never that bad and has pretty much disappeared over time. The testicle does feel a bit bigger and meatier than the other but that's normal I guess... from what my DR said, I'm the only person who's swollen like that in his 30 years of hydrocele procedures.. so wait it out, see your DR again if it has shown no change in two months, and see another DR if the original one won't drain it.. I'm still pretty sure that my situation is very uncommon. I hope this helps, hang in there and honestly do not stress over it, all that ever did was make it worse for me.. I'm the worse case scenario type so I stressed hard over this the entire time

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      Thanks alot for your reply... I am more that 4 months post operation. I still have some swelling (large egg) but the thing that bothers me the most is that the testicle does not get to hang low. My surgeon also said that it is not attached to the sac but it feels strange, especially when it is hot, because it cannot get to hang low. My surgeon also said last month that it might get better with time and if it does not it is just a consequence of the surgery. 

      Where I live one always has to go to the general physician and get a reference to the hospital or surgeon. Just did that, and I have to call tomorrow to get an appointment. But I want to talk to another surgeon than the one who made the surgery. 

       

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