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Epididymectomy Recovery, Complications, Swelling, Success Rate

It is a surgical procedure which involves removal of epididymis. Epididymis is the duct which is responsible for carrying sperms in it. It is present right behind the testicles in male. These ducts are 2 in number behind each testicle. This procedure is used rarely and it is recommended only as a last option for the pain. It is advised to perform as a last option for chronic scrotal pain. When the antibiotics are of no use anymore. Then this surgical procedure is recommended. In this procedure an incision is made on the scrotum and remove the both ducts.


Epididymectomy Complications


There are various risks and complications which are associated with epididymectomy. These complications and risks include bleeding,  scarring of tissues, pain, infection (transfusion infection, wound infection or dehiscence), any injury to the surrounding tissues of wound, procedure may fail, pulmonary embolism, deep venous thrombosis and last but not least long term stay in intensive Care unit ICU. In addition to this, there are also some complications related to the anesthesia given to patient. These complications include damaging of airways, pneumonia, cracked teeth, aspiration, malignant hyperthermia, bleeding in spinal canal and nerve damage.

Epididymectomy Recovery, Complications, Swelling, Success Rate

Epididymectomy Swelling


Epididymectomy is a rarely performed surgery because it is the last option advised in case of chronic scrotal pain. After epididymectomy, swelling may occur at the region of surgery. The swelling is normal if it exists for about one month. But if swelling persists for more than one month then it is not normal. There could be an infection behind this swelling. If the swelling is due to the surgery, then there will be no pain . But in case of an infection, the swelling may cause pain in scrotal region. Surgeon also prescribe some medications to subside swelling.

Epididymectomy Success Rate


Epididymectomy is a simple but risky surgery. This is recommended just in case of severe scrotal pain which becomes unbearable. The success rate varies from 10 percent to 80 percent. Because of the number of complications associated with it, epididymectomy is recommended only if the chronic scrotal pain is localized. But if it start spreading from scrotum to the surrounding areas, then epididymectomy is not recommended because it can be prove fatal for health. The severe complications related to it are mayocardial infarction, stroke, pulmonary thrombosis etc. So the success rate varies according to these complications.

Epididymectomy Recovery


The epididymectomy is a risky procedure and patient have to follow some instructions for fast recovery. Patient may feel burning sensation and pain while urinating and this may remain for about 3 to 4 days. Like wise patient is advised to avoid sexual intercourse till 5 days or 1 week after surgery. So almost 2 weeks are required for complete recovery. Patient may also feel irritability during urination in case of placement of stent in urethra. Patient have to follow medications to avoid any further communications. Medications should be continued for the advised time for fast relief and recovery.
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