Friday, February 28, 2014

Hydrocele

Elliott had a surgery on February 26th, 2014 to correct a hydrocele (see below). We chose Dr. Burns from Seattle Children's Hospital Bellevue Clinic and were very happy with the care.
Here is Elliott in the waiting room before his surgery:


The recovery was fast. 4 hours after the surgery you would have never known he had been under general anesthesia that morning! He was jumping around, playing with his new train set, laughing, etc. The first hour coming out of anesthesia was rough, which is to be expected. Elliott kept flopping around moaning confusedly and saying he wanted to go home. He became unreasonably distressed when his Otter Pop kept getting smaller (as he ate it). He cried, "But I want a BIG one!" while motioning with his hands a 3-foot popsicle!
About the hydrocele - It is an accumulation of fluid in a tube around the testicle. I first noticed it when he was about 1 1/2 years old. I actually thought he had only one testicle, because you could only see one enlarged ball. That was actually the hydrocele and the normal testicle was the small one. It was most noticeable when Elliott was warm or in a bath, which is why it took so long to notice! (because he never bathes! and it is always cold here!). We made an appointment with Dr. Burns who explained what was going on. We ended up doing the surgery about 7 months later.

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