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Hydrocele

A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in the scrotum that causes a swelling which is soft but often painless. It is a common condition in newborns but can occur in people of all ages. The swelling may be uncomfortable and unsightly but is often painless and is generally not considered to be dangerous. If the hydrocele becomes too large or causes a level of discomfort then surgery may be recocmended to remove the hydrocele.

Hydrocele symptoms

The most common symptom of a hydrocele is the enlargement of your scrotum. Other potential symptoms can include pain and swelling of the scrotum.

Hydrocele diagnosis

A hydrocele diagnosis is often performed by a Urologist that will examine the scrotum or refer you for an ultrasound that may be used to confirm the diagnosis. They may use a technique known as transillumination where a light is shone behind both testicles to check for solid masses that could be caused by other issues such as testicular cancer. A GP may refer you to a Urologist for blood tests and an ultrasound of your testicles which will help to show for the rare sign of testicular cancer.

Hydrocele treatment

In some cases, the hydrocele will go away within six to 12 months and sometimes the fluid of the hydrocele can be removed with a needle and syringe. A persistent hydrocele is best removed with surgery, known as a hydrocelectomy to ensure it does not recur. The procedure is done under a general anaesthetic, takes around 30 minutes and involves a small incision to drain the fluid. The procedure is normally performed as day surgery and pain killers may be prescribed for any discomfort after the operation.

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Our Consultants have years of experience in treating Hydrocele and can advise on the best treatment methods for your particular situation. Same day appointments are available by contacting our unit cordinator on 020 7432 8297 or londonurology@hje.org.uk

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Our private urology clinic in London uses the latest techniques to give you the best diagnosis, intervention and aftercare for any urology problem you may be suffering from, allowing you to get back to your normal life as soon as possible.  We provide our urology Consultants with the most modern diagnostic equipment, so they can quickly find out what’s wrong. They also have four operating theatres at their disposal to carry out procedures, which cuts waiting times.

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Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7432 8297.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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