|Male Anatomy: Penis, Testicle, Scrotum, Epididymis|
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- Adverse reaction to the anesthesia including lightheadedness, low blood pressure, or wheezing
- Excess bleeding
- Recurrence of spermatocele
- Damage to the epididymis, which can increase risk of infertility
- Nerve injury or damage to surrounding tissue or structures
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Perform a physical exam
- Blood, urine, or imaging tests
- Ask about your medical history
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Blood thinners
- Anti-platelet medications
Description of Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Pain medicines and IV fluids
- Ice pack
- Scrotum support
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
- Take pain medicine as directed.
- Apply ice packs to the area to reduce swelling and pain.
- Use rolled towels to elevate the area when you are in bed. Your doctor may also recommend that you wear snug-fitting underwear or a jock strap for a few days.
- Avoid strenuous activity until told it is safe by your doctor.
- Do not drive or have sex until your doctor says it is safe to do so.
- Keep bandages in place as directed by your doctor.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
- See your doctor for follow-up.
Call Your Doctor
- Increasing pain, redness, or swelling at incision site
- Drainage, bleeding, or odor from incision site
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
The American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor http://familydoctor.org
Urology Care Foundation http://www.urologyhealth.org
Canadian Urological Association http://www.cua.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Spermatoceles. Foundation of the American Urological Association website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/urology/index.cfm?article=117. Accessed September 11, 2012.
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/28/2014 -