Inguinal Hernia and Hydrocele: How We Treat


How is a hernia or hydrocele treated?

A hydrocele is usually observed during the first year and will often go away on its own. If it persists, surgical correction may be necessary.

An inguinal hernia is treated surgically. A small incision is made in the groin, through which the urologist ties off the hernia sac with a suture. If the fluid around the testis does not decompress, the testis is delivered through the incision and the fluid-filled sac around the testis – a non-communicating hydrocele – is opened. The testis is then returned to the scrotum and the incision is closed.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s hernia or hydrocele treatment?

The pediatric urology surgeons at Children’s Hospital Colorado have significant experience in diagnosing and treating hernias and hydroceles. We understand the difference between a hydrocele and a hernia and when they need to corrected.  We work in a specialized environment specifically designed for children, with the purpose of minimizing any fear or discomfort they may have.