An epididymal cyst is a sac-like structure containing watery liquid. It is located just above the testicle, inside the scrotum. Such cyst can affect only one testicle or form bilaterally. It is also possible for one to suffer from several cysts at the same time. Such cysts are generally harmless. The only complications associated with their presence are potential inflammation and infection. They never turn into malignant tumors.
Testicular Cyst Removal Procedure
These cysts cannot withdraw spontaneously and they can be only treated surgically. Surgery is basically recommended if cysts tend to grow or cause serious discomfort. They are also removed if affected by inflammation or infection. Yes, it is possible to drain the cyst and this way reduce its size. However, the chance of refill is high and, therefore, many doctors suggest testicular cyst removal.
- Prior the Surgery
Patients who are supposed to be operated are due to quit smoking and try to lose some weight. They are also supposed to report all the illnesses they are currently suffering from as well as medications they are taking. Allergy of any kind must be reported as well, since if one does not do so, he/she may receive the drug he/ she is allergic to during the procedure and develop serious and even potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
Prior the surgery patients get fully informed about the procedure and results doctors are looking for. They also get familiar with all the potential complications.
- The Very Procedure
Testicular cyst removal includes administration of anesthesia. This way patients will not feel any pain and will actually be properly sedated and unaware of the entire procedure. Such surgery requires general anesthesia.
The surgeon makes a cut in the scrotum, reaches the cyst, removes it and then stitches the cut. The removed cyst and its contents are thoroughly examined in a laboratory.
- After the Surgery
Patients may remain in the hospital for a day or are released on the very day of the surgery.
It is normal to face certain amount of discomfort or pain after the surgery. They are eliminated with pain killers. Due to effects of general anesthesia patients commonly feel slow, clumsy and forgetful within the following 24 hours. Because of that once they are released, patients are not supposed to drive a car or even engage in any kind of activity which requires their full attention.
After being released, patients should spend a few days in bed, take pain killers if necessary and consult their doctor if they notice something unusual such as problems with urination, intensive pain at the incision site, fever and chills etc. Dressing is supposed to be changed if it gets dirty and may be removed after 48 hours. And finally, stitches generally slip out between 7th and 10th day after the surgery. Even if they remain, never try to remove them yourself. Instead, pay a visit to your doctor.