Has anyone had a spermatocele (Epidid...

Has anyone had a spermatocele (Epididymal Cyst) removed?

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chas

Rochester, NY

#1 Oct 7, 2009
I have a large Spermatocele (Epididymal Cyst) about the size of a walnut and I have to have it removed with surgery. If anyone has had this surgery, I would like to know what it is like.

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Stan

Spokane, WA

#2 Apr 24, 2010
I had a spermatocele removed about 8 years ago. Day surgery. Went well. A lot of swelling during recovery, fairly painful, but within a few days the pain diminished. Pretty normal after a couple of months. Periodic post surgery (every year or two) discomfort, heat in the testicle area, usually doesn't last more then a couple of weeks. I'm glad I had it removed.
dave

Troy, OH

#3 Mar 5, 2012
I had one removed a couple of weeks ago, surgery went well, lot of pain for about a week afterwards. The swelling is still there, about 3 times the size it was before removal. Doctor said that was normal.
bob

Tyler, TX

#4 Nov 10, 2012
dave wrote:
I had one removed a couple of weeks ago, surgery went well, lot of pain for about a week afterwards. The swelling is still there, about 3 times the size it was before removal. Doctor said that was normal.
can anybody say if they had the spermatocele surgery under local only anesthesia eg, while awake?

i've never had surgery and am terrified of going under. so i asked if i could be awake/local anesthesia. one doc told me no, but another said fine no problem. i'm sure i'll be pretty doped up on valium and such anyway of course.
Brian

Bayport, NY

#5 Nov 11, 2012
bob wrote:
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can anybody say if they had the spermatocele surgery under local only anesthesia eg, while awake?
i've never had surgery and am terrified of going under. so i asked if i could be awake/local anesthesia. one doc told me no, but another said fine no problem. i'm sure i'll be pretty doped up on valium and such anyway of course.


Bob, I just had my spermatocelectomy on 11/1. I had it under General Anasthesia, but that was up to the Anasthesiologist. They put Novacain in the groin area and that wears off after 6-12 hours and then it just feels like a really bad groin pull. They gave my Oxtcodone for pain, but I didn't take it. The pain really wasn't that bad. Today I walked a mile and I go back to work tomorrow. Back to your original question. Never mind the pain of surgery, seeing them do the surgery might interfere with the surgery itself out normal anxiety. Good Luck.
bob

Tyler, TX

#6 Nov 14, 2012
can I ask was yours small? Can you estimate the size?

Mine is maybe egg sized, so I wonder if there will be more pain/difficulty than if it was pea sized or something.
Walt

Cedar Rapids, IA

#7 Dec 27, 2012
I'm a week out from removal of every bit of an egg-sized cyst. No problem with the pain (i.e, there's not much), but wondering how long both the swelling (sac same size as previously, but now content is 'low', rather than 'high') and the need for jock support will last.

I am amazed at how well and quickly the 3" incision is healing, but curious as to for how long it's necessary to carry the grapefruit (fine, softball) between the legs.

thanks for any input
Mick

West Plains, MO

#8 Dec 30, 2012
I have orange size cyst on one testicle and one the size of an egg on the other testicle. Two specialists told me that in my case it would be wise and far less stressful if I would have both testicles removed. They want me to take time to think it over and they recommend I see a 3rd doctor if I wish. I need some input from you men. What would you do.
Walt

Berlin, MD

#9 Jan 1, 2013
Mick, my swelling (& sexual function) is returned after 11 days. Get another opinion if these are really spermatoceles. Have a doc clip one, then the other, or both, but no need to lop off the balls.

Amend earlier--swelling going away after 11 days, it's the function which has returned. I'm a former Missourian, and pretty sure half the doctors there don't know shit from shinola, so keep up yr independent study, sir.
Guy

Stafford, TX

#10 Feb 23, 2013
Anyone experience scabbing and a little bleeding on the out side of the scrodum after surgery? The reason I ask this is because my stitches are dissolving but the incision doesnt appear to be healing all that well. The urologist says there is no infection but it looks as if gravity pulling on my nuts is going to rip the incision right open and the scabbing is driving me insane as it seems to grab on my underwear. Any experiences or insight as to how long this will continue would be greatly appreciated.
sargon

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 1, 2013
Recently diagnosed - I have one the size of ping pong ball. No real pain but feels "full" and pressing on testes. Anyone here ever self-aspirate ala the Hyrdocele board on this site?
Malik

Sudan

#12 Apr 6, 2013
I had a spermatocele for four years growing to thé size of the right testicle. Pain and discomfort in late stage. Doctor tried aspiration but it refilled within a month. So doctor suggested removal. The op took onlly half an hour with overnight stay in clinic. 3 months have now passed. Some swelling and mild pain for a month only after op. Now i feel great. Glad to have removed it.
sham

Australia

#13 Jun 7, 2013
Hi gent,
Sargon, I have drained mine myself once but it was the worse pain I've felt. One thing I'd like to share (as I haven't read it anywhere) is that the cyst creates is own blood supply hence the reddish colour, when I pierced the cyst wall it felt like I was going to pass out and I kick box at a high level.
I have had mine removed a few hours ago and besides the slight discomfort from the surgery. It actually feels better.
Don't waste time with draining it, get it removed.
Mike, I hope you read this before loading your balls but the doctors are shocking.
If you get them removed they will likely put you on testosterone replacement that will accelerate prostate cancer.
I will post my recovery if anyone is interested.
Thanks, S
rlanza1054

College Point, NY

#14 Jun 10, 2013
sham wrote:
Hi gent,
Sargon, I have drained mine myself once but it was the worse pain I've felt. One thing I'd like to share (as I haven't read it anywhere) is that the cyst creates is own blood supply hence the reddish colour, when I pierced the cyst wall it felt like I was going to pass out and I kick box at a high level.
I have had mine removed a few hours ago and besides the slight discomfort from the surgery. It actually feels better.
Don't waste time with draining it, get it removed.
Mike, I hope you read this before loading your balls but the doctors are shocking.
If you get them removed they will likely put you on testosterone replacement that will accelerate prostate cancer.
I will post my recovery if anyone is interested.
Thanks, S
Hi,
I hope your feeling better.
My urologist told me to leave it alone. I've been with this doctor for many years but lately he's not listening to me and is automatic. I tend to leave doctors that go into that mode.
I was wonder if you like your doctor and if you do and your are in New York City, you would share his name with me.
I'm in so much pain in the past week, I can't function.
Thank you, again I hope your doing well.
Robert L
Ethan

Forney, TX

#15 Jun 18, 2013
I am 14 and I know it's rare to get but I also have a cysts I've done reaserch and I'm sure it's a spermatocele I'm really scared about getting it removed though i have never had surgery can anyone help will it hurt
Steve

Asheville, NC

#16 Jul 7, 2013
Ethan wrote:
I am 14 and I know it's rare to get but I also have a cysts I've done reaserch and I'm sure it's a spermatocele I'm really scared about getting it removed though i have never had surgery can anyone help will it hurt
well, my Doctor said it should be fine if it doesn't keep growing. now, if you read previous comments, anesthesia takes the pain away for a little bit, but pain persists for a week or two afterwards. you can also shine a light through it to check if the cyst is a spermatocele. If it is bright red and looks like most of the light is going through, it's a spermatocele. if it's dark and looks like the cyst is solid, it's probably a tumor and should get checked out (it's like shining a light through your fingertip vs. shining it through your palm).
Khan UK

UK

#17 Jul 18, 2013
Just had my op yesterday and its 2 in the morning and have woken up because of the pain, so have just taken my pain killers as it feels like someone has been kicking me in my balls.
I have had on and off pain for about 6mths, and when the op date came the pain was relatively low so started having second thoughts, my epididymal cyst was very small compared to you guys approx 15mm in diameter, but this pea sized ball was extremely hard and had origionaly given me extreme pain. So at present I will be off work for two weeks. I was told if I got it drained it would come back so I went for surgical removal, it has been my first op and I told the surgeon I was shiting my self scared, and she was lovely cared for me and put me under general anesthic before they lifted my gown to start the procedure, so when I came round I couldnt believe they had already completed the op, and the after care was real nice from the nurses and surgeon who came round to explain how the op went and how they had found blood in the cyst and it was going to be checked out. All in all don't wory, and get it removed my only concern would be to the 14 yeat old is that it could affect your fertility, as for me I have 3 kids and im done in that department, so good luck guys, and if you have questions ask the docs as they are the pro's, Khan, Coventry, UK.
manrattle

Brighton, UK

#18 Jul 20, 2013
Hi. Had surgery last week to remove 4 or 5 cysts, one of them epididymal (in the sperm storing region on top of testicular mass). Largest cyst was larger than a testicle and had been growing over years but probably worse for cycling a lot (5000 miles a year). Lots of swelling and pain, scrotum black (and have pics!) They cut and cauterize the cysts to stop them growing back (in UK). I was back at work after 3 day (self-employed) but am still uncomfortable. Was told I wouldn't cycle for 4 weeks but initially though surgeon was exaggerating, we shall see. Haven't worn a pair of proper trousers yet!

For lumps in testicles it is only lumps on the testicle mass itself that are really a worry - everything else is pretty much benign.(I teach Medical Science).

Absolutely no need for them to remove testicles whatsoever. Cysts are totally benign but just take up space and so cause discomfort.

I was told I could have operation in Dr's office under a local anaesthetic but he could only have removed the cysts on one side of the scrotum. It involved the local anaesthietic being injected in through the perineum which he said would be painful.
Jason

Barrie, Canada

#19 Jul 21, 2013
I had my cyst (epididymal) removed and a vasectomy on July 16th. Five days later and I have full color. I recommend athletic support, trust me... It makes a world of difference. As soon as I change support gravity takes over! Not good, it feels like your sac is about to be pulled off. The epididymis is still swollen so ice peas have to be your best friend. Erections started the second day and I was very pleased. My wife and I timed it... I went from zero to hero in 21secs. Lol. Slight bleeding but shoot it is a 3 inch slice. As for sex, not this guy! Although I would really love too, healing has to come first.

Boys! If you have a lump, suck it up and get it checked out and dealt with.
Jason

Whitby, Canada

#20 Jul 24, 2013
Adding to post #19

So, it's been 8 calendar days. I had sex last night (oral) anyhow it worked!

I am swollen on my right side where the cyst was removed. The pain is awful it's almost like arthritis pain. I called my DR yesterday as I was never given instructions on the cyst on the vasectomy. So here is the instructions post cyst removal. 1) no shower for a week 2) no lifting of anykind for 2 weeks 3) wear supportive underwear 4) continue to apply ice 5) no activivities for 4-6 weeks For a Vasectomy it about the same divided by 2.

As I stated before... I am glad I had it removed but would have liked to have the follow up information.

Of course "Boy's If you have a lump, suck it up and get it checked out and dealt with".

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