A spermatocele is a fluid-filled cyst in the epididymis, a long tubule attached to the testicle. A spermatocelectomy is the removal of this cyst.
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Spermatocelectomy is done if a spermatocele is painful or large.
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:
Your doctor may do the following:
Talk to your doctor about any medications, herbs, or supplements you are taking. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to 1 week before the procedure.
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.
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.
Less than 1 hour
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.
After the procedure, the staff may provide the following care:
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to reduce your chance of infection such as:
There are also steps you can take to reduce your chances of infection such as:
Restrict physical and sexual activity until your doctor says it is okay. You may need to wear supportive or athletic underwear during healing.
Call your doctor if any of the following occur:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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Last reviewed March 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 1/29/2021