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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Neccessity for surgery and general anesthesia



My six yr old son has been to the emergency room twice in the past 10 days for testicular pain and was diagnosed with a hydrocele. The on-call urologist recomends surgery with general anesthesia to correct the hydrocele. Should I use a pedriatric urological surgeon, or will a regular urologic surgeon be just as good and safe for a six year old? Also, I am very afraid about general anesthesia and children. Am I risking my son`s life if I have this surgery performed? What should I do to keep my child safe?


Anybody with extensive experience taking care of children should be able to fix the problem. Similarly, anesthesia is very safe in hospitals which are comfortable taking care of children.

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Rama   Jayanthi, MD Rama Jayanthi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University