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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Neccessity for surgery and general anesthesia

11/06/2006

Question:

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?

Answer:

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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Response by:

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