A hydrocele is a swelling in a boy’s scrotum, the thin sac that holds his testicles. It happens when too much fluid builds up inside. The condition is most common in newborns, though older boys and men can get it, too.

A hydrocele usually goes away on its own before a boy’s first birthday. If it doesn’t, or if it gets bigger, you should take him back to his doctor to see if he needs treatment. The doctor can remove a hydrocele in a brief operation called a hydrocelectomy. Your baby will get medicine to numb his body or to put him under completely. Then, a surgeon makes a cut in his scrotum or lower belly. The surgeon then drains the fluid and sews the sac closed. Once it’s finished, your son can go home the same day.


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