An epididymectomy is a surgery to remove the epididymis. The epididymis is a tiny, tightly coiled tube that stores sperm.
Tell a health care provider about:
- Any allergies you have.
- All medicines you are taking, including vitamins, herbs, eye drops, creams, and over-the-counter medicines.
- Any problems you or family members have had with anesthetic medicines.
- Any blood disorders you have.
- Any surgeries you have had.
- Any medical conditions you have.
- Blood collection inside the sac that holds your testicles (scrotum).
- Shrinking of your testicle.
- Formation of a blood clot in one of your blood vessels.
- Follow instructions from your health care provider about eating and drinking, which may include:
- 8 hours before the procedure – stop eating heavy meals or foods such as meat, fried foods, or fatty foods.
- 6 hours before the procedure – stop eating light meals or foods, such as toast or cereal.
- 6 hours before the procedure – stop drinking milk or drinks that contain milk.
- 2 hours before the procedure – stop drinking clear liquids.
- Up to 2 hours before the procedure – you may continue to drink clear liquids, such as water, clear fruit juice, black coffee, and plain tea.
- Ask your health care provider about:
- Changing or stopping your regular medicines. This is especially important if you are taking diabetes medicines or blood thinners.
- Taking medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen. These medicines can thin your blood. Do not take these medicines before your procedure if your health care provider instructs you not to.
- Plan to have someone take you home after the procedure.
- If you will be going home right after the procedure, plan to have someone with you for 24 hours.
What Happens During The Procedure?
- An IV tube will be inserted into one of your veins. Medicine will flow through the IV tube and directly into your body during the procedure.
- You may be given a medicine to help you relax (sedative).
- You will be given medicine to make you fall sleep (general anesthetic).
- A cut (incision) will be made in your scrotum.
- Your testicle and epididymis will be pulled through the incision.
- The epididymis will be separated from your testicle and removed.
- Your testicle will be put back into your scrotum.
- The incision will be closed with stitches (sutures).
- A small drain may be placed in the incision. The drain allows extra blood or fluid to flow out of your scrotum after the procedure.
Post Procedure Care
- Your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood oxygen level will be monitored until the medicines you were given have worn off.
- If you received a drain, you may need to stay in the hospital for a night until the drain is removed.
- Do not drive for 24 hours if you received a sedative.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider.