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Surgery for benign scrotal lumps

Lumps in the scrotum are common. However, some cause problems and can be treated by surgery for benign scrotal lumps. Book online today.

Man hand holding on middle crotch of trousers

There are two types of benign scrotal lump.

A hydrocele, where fluid builds up in the sheath around a testicle (see figure 1).  An epididymal cyst, where fluid collects in the epididymis (a tube-like structure that stores sperm).

If the lump is large, surgery will ease any discomfort you may have and make it easier for you to walk.

If you want to have children, it is best to leave an epididymal cyst alone. Surgery in the area of the epididymis can cause scarring which reduces your fertility.

The fluid can be removed using a needle but the fluid usually builds up again. It is possible to inject a drug that stops the fluid from coming back.

Surgery to remove benign scrotal lumps is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Sometimes a spinal anaesthetic is used. The operation usually takes between twenty and fifty minutes.

Your surgeon will make a small cut in your scrotum. For a hydrocele, your surgeon will remove the fluid from the sheath and either remove the sheath or stitch it together. Your surgeon will either remove an epididymal cyst whole or they will cut away the ‘roof’ of the cyst and drain the fluid out.

You should be able to go home the same day or the day after.  Most men can return to normal activities within two to four weeks.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

For a hydrocele, surgery usually cures the problem. However, fluid can build up again.

There is usually more than one epididymal cyst, and surgery can only treat the larger ones. If the smaller ones get bigger, the problem will come back.

Surgery for benign scrotal lumps costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

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The cost of surgery for hydrocele removal

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £3,400 Included £3,400
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £3,600

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:   

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine  
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and Consultant suit your needs  
  • Personalised, Consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs  
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams  
  • Support by the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end  
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included  
  • Flexible payment options to spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Specialists offering Surgery for benign scrotal lumps

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Mr Jacob Cherian

Consultant Urologist

MBBS, MS (Surgery), FRCS (Surgery), M Phil, Mch (Urology), FRCS (Urology).

The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Nadir Osman

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBChB(Hons), PhD, FRCS(Urol)

Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Anup Sengupta

Consultant Urologist

MBBS, MS (Surg), FRCS (Surg), MSc (Urol), FRCS (Urol)

St Edmunds Hospital

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Mr Rob Gray

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons), FRCS (Urol)

The Chiltern Hospital 1 more The Shelburne Hospital

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Mr Ashok Sakthivel

Consultant Urologist

MBBS, MS GENERAL SURGERY, FRCS EDINBURGH, FRCS UROL

Woodlands Hospital

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