Patient Comments: Hydrocele - Types and Features


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Comment from: JimZ, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

After successful treatment of bladder cancer with BCG chemotherapy and 5 TURBTs, I developed a hydrocele in my right testicle. There is no associated pain; just the annoyance of a tangerine sized testis. I have looked into homeopathy treatment. For now, I'm living with it!

Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

When I was 31 I had a hernia with my left testicle dropping. Now 30 years later I have acquired a hydrocele involving the same testicle, due to an injury while riding my horse. I've had it about 1 year now and the swelling is starting to hurt especially where the hernia was. Plus it's not good for the sex and I can't stand for that. I already had it diagnosed, now I have to get a referral for a urologist to get this taken care of.

Comment from: Doesn't Hurt, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

I am 54. Left testis grew about 3 to 4 times the size of the other side. I lived with it for 4 months as it didn't hurt, and I had no insurance. Finally I went to the urologist and spent USD 320.00 to find out it was not cancer, but hydrocele, not life threatening. I am happy. I am getting insurance. I am told I can live with it, or have a small operation. I had the operation and was out of hospital the next day. I was sore for 2 or 3 weeks.

Comment from: trish, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 13

I have a son who had a hydrocele and had undergone a surgery when he was 1 year and 2 months old in May of this year. He had his first check up after the surgery in July. The surgeon said, it was okay and he scheduled my son's checkup this October, and we went to see him last Monday. Unfortunately, he found out that the hydrocele recurred. He suggested to have another surgery in December. As a parent, I was frustrated. I am worried about my son's condition, that he's too young to have two consecutive surgeries. I wonder if it is really necessary to have the next surgery.

Comment from: Dhavan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

I developed what I imagine was a hydrocele on my left testicle when I was 13 years old. It expanded quickly to the size of a baseball (3-4 inches in diameter) and was very sore. The skin surrounding the sac was red and tender, due to being stretched. I lived on a farm and it was a busy time of the year, so I didn't want to bother my parents by demanding a trip to the doctor. The swelling decreased on its own after a week, but the testicle was ruined. I have always regretted not saying something to my parents. Many years later, my doctor said, “Thank goodness you've got two testicles,” as the other one seems OK. Thankfully I've had a fulfilling sex life, but am plagued by guilt over this incident.

Comment from: John Doe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I have had this enlargement for approximately 40 years. I am not in pain at all, but my scrotum seems to be getting larger. I have not confronted a doctor yet because I believe that if it’s not broke, then don't fix it.


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