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A hydrocele is a type of swelling in the scrotum that occurs when fluid collects in the thin sheath surrounding a testicle. Hydrocele is common in newborns and usually disappears without treatment by the age of one. Older boys and adult men can develop a hydrocele due to inflammation or injury within the scrotum.

Hydrocele Symptoms

Hydroceles are usually painless. When found in infants, they may go away by themselves. However, older males may experience pain as the scrotum enlarges.

Hydrocele Diagnosis

Hydrocele can be diagnosed through a combination of tests and observations, including:

  • Physical exam: This may include testing to see how the bulge in the groin area changes under pressure such as asking the patient to cough. Your doctor may also shine a light through the scrotum to check for the presence of any fluid. If there is a hydrocele, fluid can be seen surrounding the testicles.
  • An imaging test such as an ultrasound.

Hydrocele Treatment Options

Surgery is usually performed when a hydrocele enlarges or causes discomfort. Different surgical procedures are performed depending on the nature of the cause of the hydrocele.

  • A “non-communicating” hydrocele occurs when it is not caused by an inguinal hernia. In this case, surgery is done on the scrotum, and the hydrocele is removed directly by your doctor.
  • A “communicating” hydrocele occurs when it is caused by an inguinal hernia. Surgery is done to both fix the hernia and the hydrocele.

Why should you choose Dr Colin Teo to perform your Hydrocele Surgery?

Dr Colin Teo is the Founding Head of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s Urology Department, with years of experience in minimally invasive keyhole surgery, operating with precision surgical techniques. Many fellows have trained under his mentorship. He did a Fellowship in EndoLaparoscopy and Andrology at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, UK and was sponsored for a Senior Healthcare Medical Development Program (HMDP) in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at University of Southern California (USC) Keck Hospital in Los Angeles, USA.

Seek recommendations on suitable treatment options for Hydrocele with Colin Teo Urology. Contact us to book an appointment today.