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At BPH Canada, Dr. Zorn and his team of experienced professionals offer the Zorn EZ Hydrocele Treatment™, which includes two effective treatment options for hydroceles.
A hydrocele is a small sac filled with fluid that forms inside a man’s scrotum. While hydroceles are benign and noncancerous, they can cause swelling in the scrotum that could be painful and uncomfortable. Hydroceles could form around both testicles.
Dr. Zorn offers two different treatment options for treating a hydrocele:
Hydrocele aspiration and sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia. It is safe, effective, and less invasive.
Aspiration uses a needle and syringe to drain the fluid from the hydrocele. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the hydrocele to scar the inner lining of the hydrocele sac, which results in permanent resolution of the hydrocele.
Numerous chemical and pharmacological agents have been used as sclerotherapy agents with success, including 99.5% alcohol, phenol, polidocanol, ethanolamine oleate, tetracycline, and doxycycline. Each agent has reported a cure rate ranging from 85% to 97%.
Hydrocele aspiration and sclerotherapy are recommended for men who are not physically cleared for surgery, do not want surgery or who wish to have immediate decompression.
A hydrocelectomy is the surgical removal of a hydrocele performed under anesthesia. It has been widely accepted as the gold standard of treatment for a hydrocele. It can improve your quality of life and may prevent other conditions from developing.
The surgery consists of making an incision in the scrotum to remove the hydrocele. Depending on the size and location of the hydrocele, a tube may be inserted to drain the fluid, along with dressing to cover the incision. It takes less than an hour to complete.
The procedure is generally painless, with patients only feeling a slight discomfort after the surgery is complete. To ease discomfort, it is recommended for patients to apply an ice pack to the treated area to reduce any swelling.
A hydrocelectomy is a relatively minor surgery. Patients typically return home the same day. Recovery is expected to take around 2 or more weeks.
The potential benefits of a Zorn EZ Hydrocele Treatment™ include the following:
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Zorn EZ Hydrocele Treatment™ provides quick relief from uncomfortable pain and swelling.
Whether you choose to get a hydrocelectomy, or you opt for the more minimally invasive option of aspiration and sclerotherapy, you will experience quick relief from the pain and swelling that a hydrocele can cause.
Aspiration and sclerotherapy is quick, effective, and delivers results without the complications of surgery. A hydrocelectomy will effectively eliminate the hydrocele and prevent recurrence. Dr. Zorn will help determine which treatment option is right for you.
Dr. Zorn offers two effective treatment options: aspiration and sclerotherapy, or hydrocelectomy.
Aspiration and Sclerotherapy
The first step to this procedure is aspiration, which involves draining the fluid from the hydrocele. Dr. Zorn will insert a needle into the scrotum and direct it toward the hydrocele. Suction is applied to remove as much fluid as possible.
The next step is sclerotherapy. Dr. Zorn will inject a solution into the hydrocele to scar the inner lining of the hydrocele sac. resulting in permanent resolution of the hydrocele. Sclerotherapy helps prevent recurrence by preventing the sac from refilling.
Before the procedure begins, patients are placed under either spinal or general anesthesia. Once this takes effect, a small incision will be made in your scrotum or groin area near your scrotum.
Dr. Zorn will close the opening between your processus vaginalis and your scrotum. Next, the hydrocele sac will be removed, and small, silicone tubes will then be stitched into your affected area to drain any fluid or blood. Finally, the incision will be stitched closed.
Both forms of treatment are typically performed in less than an hour.
Patients will experience very little to no pain at all.
Aspiration and Sclerotherapy
The results of the procedure are immediate. The hydrocele is drained completely through a small needle puncture. The scrotum returns to its normal size immediately with no visible wound. Patients may feel some slight post-operative pain, but this typically resolves in 2-3 days.
Since this is an outpatient procedure, patients will be able to return home the same day. It is recommended to apply ice packs to the treated area for at least 24 hours after a hydrocelectomy. Patients should avoid strenuous activities and sexual activity for at least 2 weeks, and should keep the area clean and dry to prevent any infections. Most patients can resume their normal activities about 2 days after the procedure.
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All surgical procedures carry some risk.
Some general risks of a Zorn EZ Hydrocele Treatment™ include the following:
Risks of a surgical hydrocelectomy can include:
The most common side effects associated with aspiration are risk of infection and temporary pain in the scrotum.
Patients may need a Zorn EZ Hydrocele Treatment™ if they have an enlarged scrotum that will not go away on its own. This treatment is recommended for anyone with a hydrocele, regardless of age.
In infants, hydrocele treatments are focused on closing the processus vaginalis. The processus vaginalis typically closes on its own before birth.
In adolescents and adults, surgery may be necessary if the swelling from a hydrocele becomes too painful, or if it grows to a size that threatens the functions of your other genital tissues.
For adults or teenagers who have gone through puberty, it is recommended to shave away the hair around your scrotum or groin area, either the night before or the morning of your procedure.
To minimize the risk of infection, our patients are advised to thoroughly wash their scrotum and groin the day before and the morning of your procedure.
Hydroceles occur in about 1% of adult men and in about 10% of newborn male infants. For infants, they tend to heal on their own without any particular treatment within the first year of their life.
Unfortunately, you cannot prevent your baby boy from getting a hydrocele.
For adolescent and adult men, the best protection against a hydrocele is to keep the testicles and scrotum free of injury. For example, if taking part in contact sports, use an athletic cup.
Your affected areas need time to heal. It is recommended to take between 5-7 days off work or school.
If you have a physically demanding job, you may need up to two weeks to recover before returning to work.
It is possible to have light pain and discomfort after a Zorn EZ Hydrocele Treatment™. You can manage your pain with a prescription pain reliever.