The majority of inguinal hernias and hydroceles in children go away by themselves by the age of 12-18 months. However, your pediatric urologist may recommend surgical repair of your child's inguinal hernia or hydrocele if the hydrocele is very large, changes in size, or persists, or if the hernia can be seen or felt or causes discomfort.
- photo ID
- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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Specialized Care for Pediatric Urology Problems
Nemours urologists are board certified and fellowship trained in pediatric urology. This means that they have the expertise to diagnose and treat genital and urinary problems in infants, children and adolescents. See what we have to offer to help care for your child’s urological condition at duPont Hospital for Children.
Help Before Your Baby is Born
Through Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management, our urologists work with expectant parents and their doctors to help evaluate congenital (present at birth) urological conditions, and develop a plan of care for before and after your baby
Learn More About Perinatal Testing & Specialty Consultations We Provide »
Expertise in Pediatric Urologic Surgery
Nemours pediatric urologists have been selected as some of the "Best Doctors in America®." As board-certified specialists, our surgeons are able to provide the latest treatments and techniques, including laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures that help promote faster healing and return to normal activities.
Offering the Region’s Most Advanced Robotic-Assisted Technology
As the first children’s hospital in the Philadelphia and Delaware area to offer the most advanced version of the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical system, our surgeons use this latest generation technology to perform very precise, less invasive surgical procedures. Our da Vinci® Si™ robotic-assisted technology provides 3-D imagery and views at 15-times magnification. This makes a number of advantages possible for our patients, include smaller incisions and scars, faster healing time, and less pain.