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Communicating hydroceles often disappear within the first year of life without any treatment. In most cases, your child’s doctor will suggest that you first watch the area and have your child checked every few months. If the hydrocele does not go away within 6 to 12 months, it may need to be surgically repaired to prevent more serious complications.

Surgery to repair a communicating hydrocele is a simple procedure that can usually be done on an outpatient basis.

Your child will need anesthesia for the surgery. Once he is asleep, a small incision (about 2 cm) is made in the folded skin of the groin. The surgeon then empties the fluid from the hydrocele and the thin processus vaginalis membrane is closed.

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