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What is Spermatocelectomy?

Spermatocelectomy is a procedure to remove a large or painful spermatocele in men. A spermatocele is a fluid-filled cyst. It is found in the epididymis, which is a tube-like structure that stores sperm. The epididymis is located near the testicles.

Male Anatomy: Penis, Testicle, Scrotum, Epididymis
Male Anatomy: Penis, Testicle, Scrotum, Epididymis
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Spermatocelectomy is done to treat a spermatocele if it is painful or large.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have spermatocelectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Swelling
  • Spermatocele occurring again
  • Damage to the epididymis (risk of infertility )
  • Nerve injury or damage to surrounding tissue or structures
  • Bleeding
  • Reaction to the anesthesia (eg, light-headedness, low blood pressure, wheezing)
  • Infection

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Increasing pain, redness, or swelling at incision site
  • Drainage, bleeding, or odor from incision site
  • Signs of...