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Non-communicating hydrocele: This often goes away on its own as the fluid around the testicle is reabsorbed by the body. This usually happens within the first year of life in infants. It can take several months in older children with new hydroceles.
If the fluid does not go away after 1 year of life in infants and several months in older children, a surgery to drain the fluid may be recommended. A small incision is made in the groin and the fluid is drained.
Communicating hydroceles: This often requires surgery. During surgery, a small incision is made in the groin. The open channel between the abdomen and scrotum that is allowing fluid to drain into the scrotum is surgically closed. The fluid from the hydrocele will be drained. If a hernia is also found, this will be repaired. Your child's healthcare provider will talk with you about what treatment, if any, is recommended for your child
Your child may be referred to an urologist (a physician who specializes in disorders and care of the urinary tract and the male genital tract) for evaluation and treatment.