Hydrocele (Unilateral)

Surgery is a safe procedure to completely cure the hydrocele. Generally, it is a short stay or a minimally invasive procedure with negligible complications such as no cuts or stitches, scar free, minimal bleeding, and faster recovery.

What is Hydrocele?

Hydrocele is a condition in which fluid accumulates in the sac present around the testicles leading to swelling in the scrotum (sac of skin that holds testicles). It can be unilateral (swelling on one side) or bilateral (selling on both sides) based on the scrotal swelling on one or both sides.

Swelling in the scrotum is the characteristic of hydrocele. Usually, these are painless, but, older boys and adult men may experience pain or discomfort if there is inflammation or injury.
Hydrocele, if untreated, may become too large, painful, and uncomfortable.

Diagnosis of Hydrocele

Hydrocele is diagnosed based on a physical exam and also an imaging test such as ultrasound. During the physical examination, the doctor may check for signs of inflammation. Transillumination, a test in which a bright light is used to examine the affected organ is also performed. It can show clear fluid present around the testicle.


There are no medications available to treat a hydrocele. Congenital hydrocele may resolve on its own within six to 12 months. However, if it doesn’t go away, your doctor may recommend surgery and it is completely curable with surgery.

During the surgery, the fluid from the sac is drained and repaired by eversion/excision under general anesthesia. This procedure is called hydrocelectomy. The procedure may take around 30 to 40 minutes and you are likely to go home the same day if your vitals are stable.


1. Whom should I consult for the treatment of hydrocele?

Consult urologist or a general surgeon to get the treatment for hydrocele. At Apollo Hospitals, we have an expert team who can treat hydrocele successfully.

2. Does hydrocele affect fertility or sperm production?

No, a hydrocele doesn’t affect fertility.

3. Can hydrocele be treated without surgery?

There are no medical treatments available to treat hydrocele. So, surgery is required to remove a hydrocele.

4. Can I treat hydrocele at home?

Definitely no! hydrocele cannot be cured with the help of home remedies. Consult a urologist as soon as possible if you experience pain and swelling in the scrotal region.

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