A spermatocele is a fluid-filled cyst near the testicles. A spermatocelectomy is the removal of this cyst.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have spermatocelectomy, your doctor will review potential problems. Complications may include:
Smoking may increase the risk of complications.
Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Your doctor may do the following:
Talk to your doctor about any medicines you are taking. Do not start taking any new medicines, herbs, or supplements without talking to your doctor. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure. This may include medications such as:
Arrange for a ride home from the hospital. Arrange for help at home as your recover.
The night before your surgery, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight unless told otherwise by your doctor.
The procedure is done under local or general anesthesia. You will be asleep or sedated. You will not feel any pain.
Description of Procedure
Once you are asleep or sedated, a small incision will be made in your scrotum. The spermatocele will be located and removed from the epididymis. Absorbable sutures will be used to close the area.
How Long Will It Take?
Less than one hour
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. As you recover, you may have some pain. Your doctor will give you pain medicine.
At the Care Center
After the procedure, the staff may provide the following care:
You will be able to leave the hospital when you have recovered from the anesthesia and can walk.
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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Last reviewed June 2013 by Adrienne Carmack, MD