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A hydrocele occurs when fluid gathers in the lining of the testes. This causes the scrotum to swell. It is more common in children than adults.

Hydroceles typically don’t cause pain and go away on their own. However, you should always see a doctor about scrotal swelling in case it is caused by a more serious condition. Experts at the Desai Sethi Urology Institute can help identify hydroceles and relieve pain.


Physical Exam
Your doctor may check for tenderness in your scrotum or abdomen. They may also shine a light through your scrotum to check for clear fluid.

Urine Tests
Your doctor may use a urine sample to check for infections that can cause swelling.

Blood Tests
Your doctor may take a sample of blood to identify infections that can cause swelling.

Your doctor may use an ultrasound to check for hernias or other causes of scrotal swelling.


Medical Monitoring
Most hydroceles go away on their own. Your doctor may schedule regular appointments to check on the hydrocele to ensure it is not growing.

If a hydrocele does not go away on its own, you may need an outpatient procedure to remove the hydrocele.

Why Choose UHealth?

Innovative, expert urology care at the Desai Sethi Urology Institute. Our team of urology experts delivers advanced care for all urologic conditions. We use the latest research and the least invasive procedures to help you feel better and recover more quickly. Our experienced urologists design a personalized treatment plan to give you the best possible results.

Advanced research in men’s health. Our urologists are dedicated to men’s health and conduct innovative research into many conditions. Our expert team has helped develop new minimally invasive and robotic surgical procedures to treat cancers, incontinence, and more. We give you access to leading-edge treatments and clinical trials that aren’t widely available. In addition, we have established the eighth fellowship program in the nation dedicated solely to teaching physicians how to care for men’s health. 

Leaders in robotic surgery treatment. We have some of the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons for urologic procedures. In fact, doctors come from all over the world to learn at our Urology Robotic Program — the #1 ranked program in South Florida. The University of Miami Health System was the first academic medical center in the world to get the da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system and has completed more than 5,000 robotic surgeries — procedures that offer less pain and scarring and a faster recovery.

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