Although pain after a hydrocele repair surgery typically ceases after about a week, patients need to avoid activities that involve straddling, such as bike riding, for at least three weeks, notes Healthline. The incision site must be kept clean during the recovery period to avoid infection.
Hydroceles usually clear on their own in infants and children, unlike in adults, according to MedlinePlus. A hydrocelectomy is performed in cases where the hydrocele becomes too enlarged, interferes with blood flow or is infected. The procedure typically involves the surgeon making an incision in the fold of the groin or the scrotum, depending on the patient's age, and then draining fluid from the hydrocele.