Alternate Names : Processus Vaginalis
What are the treatments for the condition?
A hydrocele normally repairs itself within a few months after birth. Surgery is recommended if the hydrocele is still present after a baby is 12 to 18 months old. Hydrocele repair is also done for hydroceles that continue to get larger.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Complications may occur with any surgery. These include:
reactions to the anesthesia medications
a blood clot or hematoma, which may gradually drain away on its own
infertility if the vas deferens or epididymis are injured during the surgery
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Rarely, a child may develop another hydrocele that requires more surgery. Most people recover fully after surgery.
How is the condition monitored?
If surgery is done, a follow-up visit will be scheduled with the surgeon. If surgery is not needed, the size of the hydrocele should be monitored. If the hydrocele contiunes to get larger, surgery may be necessary.