Know the basics
What is Benign Scrotal Lump Surgery?
Benign scrotal lumps are a lump appearing in the scrotum but it’s not a cancer. In most cases, a lump does not cause symptoms and does not need any treatments or intervention, but some cause symptoms and need treating with a surgery. There are two types of lumps are:
- Hydrocele: fluid accumulates in the capsule covering the testicles.
- Epididymal cyst: fluid accumulates in the epididymis (the tube-shaped structure that contains sperm).
Why is Benign Scrotal Lump Surgery performed?
If the lump is considerably big, the surgery can reduce your uncomfortable sensation and make you move easier. Generally, benign scrotal lump can be left alone (do nothing) or surgery, repaired or drained, depending:
- Discomfort or pain or not;
- It increases the risk of infertility or not;
- Infection or not.
Understand the risks
What are the risks of Benign Scrotal Lump Surgery?
If you want to have children, it is better not to do nothing in case of a lump appears in the epididymis. An epididymal surgery can leave scars and reduce fertility.
Fluid can be drained with a needle aspiration but it often will accumulate again. You may also be injected to prevent the accumulation.
It is important you understand the risks and complications before having this surgery. If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor or surgeon for more information.
Know what happens
How do I prepare for Benign Scrotal Lump Surgery?
Your doctor will give you specific instructions for preparation, including what you can eat a few hours before surgery. In most cases, you should fast for about 6 hours. You can have a drink, such as coffee, a few hours before the surgery.
You should discuss with your doctor about the medicines you use recently, allergies or other medical conditions you have. Moreover, you will meet an anesthesiologist to choose the anesthesia will be carried out before the surgery. It is important for you to follow the direction about the times of fasts before the surgery.
What happens during Benign Scrotal Lump Surgery?
It is usually carried out under anesthesia and takes 20-50 minutes.
The surgeon makes a small incision on your scrotum. For hydrocele cases, the doctor will drain the fluid out of the sack and cut or sew it.
For epididymal cysts cases, the doctor removes epididymal cysts. The doctor may remove a part or all of the epididymis.
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with your doctor or surgeon for more information.
What happens after Benign Scrotal Lump Surgery?
After the scrotal surgery, rarely does it have complications or bleeding into the scrotal tissues. If there are any complications occur, the treatment is also very easy.
The common complications of every surgery:
The specific complications of the benign scrotal lump surgery:
- Surgical site infection;
- Reduced fertility if receiving epididymal cysts surgery.
This is one of the main reasons why this surgery is not recommended widely unless you have severe symptoms affecting your life quality.
You can go home on that day or the next day. Usually you can go back to work after two to four weeks.
Exercising regularly will help you return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before starting training, you should ask the doctor.
Some lump may relapse.
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Pagana, Kathleen D, and Timothy J. Pagana. Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby/Elsevier, 2010. Printed edition.
Review Date: September 6, 2018 | Last Modified: September 6, 2018