with Testicular Swelling after Hernia Surgery
hernia also known as the groin hernia is a familiar name heard by many.
Doctors diagnose this hernia when the patient complains of severe pain
and lump in their groin that makes their daily activities like standing,
walking and bowel movements difficult.
When the hernias develop through abdominal wall, they are the direct wall
whereas when the hernias develop due to the migrating fats they are called
the indirect hernia.
Men are more prone to hernias than women and the problem arises mostly
in the old age due to over exertion or weight lifting and strain. In most
of the cases, it is congenital and is present at the time of birth. Detection
of hernia is through physical examination but a CT scan is recommended
when the doctor cannot feel the lump physically.
There are two types of surgeries to repair this inguinal hernia. One is
the traditional or the open type and the other the most invasive key-hole
surgery or the laparoscopic type.
Scrotum is a sac hanging behind the penis, a pouch than contains the testicles.
Sometimes after the hernia surgery, the patient experiences pain and swelling
in this testicles or the scrotum that lasts from three to eight months
after which it may subside naturally. This could be due to the tightened
intestinal tissues, which have been pulled after the bulge is removed.
Orchitis is a condition where the testicles in the scrotum get inflamed.
This could be due to a viral or bacterial infection. People above 45 years
of age are more prone to this problem and suffer intense pain due to this
An ice pack or a bag of peas in a thin towel kept on the swollen area
reduces the swelling and pain. This is to be done3 to 5 times and at least
for ten to fifteen minutes daily for good results.
To reduce the swelling men can wear fitting and tight briefs or under
wears after hernia surgery. Heavy and strenuous work or physical exercises
should be avoided to get rid of the pain and swelling. In case there is
a urinary tract infection, medications like antibiotics and painkillers
help to solve the problem.
Testicular swelling could also be due to hydorcele masked by the hernia
symptoms. In case the problem persists or there is redness or severe swelling
around the incision area consult your surgeon immediately who will take
the necessary action after a proper evaluation.