This isn't a cycling injury per se, but just in case someone else was facing this surgery, here's how my recovery has gone so far.
A hydrocelectomy is the "removal" of a hydrocele, which in simplified terms, is a testicle sack swollen by liquid (like water) that doesn't properly drain. Google it for a better description. My hydrocele was a direct result of a hernia surgery from four years ago. Apparently lots of hernia surgeries can result in the "creation" of a hydrocele.
After four years, my left testicle was about the size of a tennis ball, and riding the bike was getting to be most uncomfortable, so I scheduled the surgery for January 11, 2012 to take advntage of winter down-time.
Surgery took about an hour, went fine according to the doc, and I went home the same day. Everything was swollen, bruised and sore. The REAL pain started the next day when the IV surgery drugs wore off. OMG, it was like being kicked in the gonads 24/7 for about a week. Thank God for oxycodone, which I used for four days. The pain was much worse than a hernia surgery, FWIW.
After four weeks, swelling/bruising has gone down, and the big incision (big enough to remove a tennis ball) in my scrotum is almost healed--not quite. Maybe another week or so.
So it's been four weeks and I see the doc again this Friday to assess my progress. I'm guessing it will likely be 2-4 more weeks before I can start to ride again, and maybe a bit longer. We bought a spin cycle the other day so I can start getting back in shape once the doc says it's ok to do so. This hasn't been fun!
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