What Can Be Expected After Treatment for Hydroceles and Hernias?

After surgery, there will be pain that will require medication. In most cases, the pain will lessen during the first week so that drugs are no longer needed. Full activity may be restricted for a few weeks, based on your child's age and whether both sides were treated. If your son still plays on straddle toys, such as a rocking horse, he may have to avoid them for a while.

The teste and scrotum may stay swollen for a few weeks after surgery before returning to normal. After surgery, less than 1 out of 100 cases have a hernia or hydrocele return, but parents and patients should be aware of this possibility.

What Questions Should I Ask My Health Care Provider?

  • What treatment options do I have?
  • Are there any exercises that help?
  • Can dietary changes help?
  • What types of surgery should I consider? Which do you recommend?
  • What will recovery look like?
  • What can I do to make recovery easier?
  • Will a hernia return after surgery in the groin or in another area?
  • Will the hydrocele return after surgery?