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What Can Be Expected After Surgery?

You will likely be sent home with a pressure dressing like an athletic supporter filled with fluffy gauze. That support is worn for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Ice packs can be used for 2 to 3 days to help with swelling. Drugs for pain are often taken for 1 to 2 days after surgery. You can shower 48 hours after surgery.

A follow up visit with your surgeon is often scheduled between 1 and 3 weeks later. Scrotal swelling is normal and typically lasts for 2 to 21 days. Side effects from surgery are not common, but can involve fever, infection, bleeding (scrotal hematoma), and lasting pain. Spermatoceles can come back in about 10 ouy of 25 cases. Blockage of the epididymis (tube that stores sperm) may also occur, which can lead to problems with fertility. For these reasons, surgery should be avoided in men who still want children.