It is a benign condition and is usually painless, but it can cause discomfort, embarrassment, or esthetic issues.
One possible treatment is hydrocele drainage, which consists of removing fluid from the scrotum with a needle. The procedure restores the volume of the scrotum and makes your symptoms disappear.
Although more common in infants at birth, hydrocele can also occur in adolescents and adults due to infection, inflammation, or injury to the testicles.
In young boys, a hydrocele will go away on its own by the time they reach 1 year of age. In men under 65 years of age, it may also disappear on its own after a while. This is generally not the case, however, if you are over 65 years old. You can seek treatment if your hydrocele is causing you pain, discomfort or embarrassment.
Hydrocele drainage procedure
Hydrocele drainage is performed under local anesthesia. After applying the anesthetic, the doctor inserts a needle into the scrotum until it enters the hydrocele. The fluid is then evacuated by suction. In some cases, a liquid called sclerosing fluid may be injected into the penis to prevent further accumulation of fluid in the scrotum. The procedure takes between 20 and 30 minutes.