Inguinal Hernia & Hydrocele

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Inguinal Hernia & Hydrocele

Expert Care for Common Conditions


Children sometimes have inguinal hernias or hydroceles, which can be present at birth or develop later. An inguinal hernia is when a section of a child’s intestines pushes through a weak spot in the stomach into the groin or, in boys, the scrotum. It looks like a “bulge” in the groin area. A hydrocele is when fluid collects around a boy’s testes. Hydroceles cause swelling around the testicles, but they’re usually painless.

Both of these conditions either go away on their own by 12–18 months old or can be easily treated with surgery. Most inguinal hernia and hydrocele repairs are done on an outpatient basis in the operating room. That means your child can usually go home on the same day as their surgery. 

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Services We Offer for Inguinal Hernias and Hydroceles

Services We Offer for Inguinal Hernias and Hydroceles


At Nemours, one of our pediatric urologists may recommend surgical repair if your child's inguinal hernia or hydrocele is large or changes in size, or if the hernia can be seen or causes discomfort. We offer a variety of diagnostic and treatment services, which may vary depending on the condition or location, including:

  • ultrasounds (performed by our team of medical imaging specialists and read by pediatric radiologists experienced at looking for changes in developing newborns)
  • urology care and/or surgery (our Nemours urologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained to provide care and perform procedures specifically for children)
Why Choose Us for Inguinal Hernia or Hydrocele Surgery

Why Choose Us for Inguinal Hernia or Hydrocele Surgery


If your child needs treatment for inguinal hernias and hydroceles, you can count on the experts at Nemours. Our urologists are specialists in urology for kids — board-certified in pediatric urology. Year after year, many are recognized as Best Doctors in America® , as well as “Top Doctors” by local magazines in our regions.  

And, if your son needs surgery, know that our urologists are skilled in procedures ranging from routine outpatient operations to complex inpatient surgeries — including reconstructive surgery of the urinary tract or genitalia.

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Regional Inguinal Hernia and Hydroceles Highlights

Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer urology care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and outpatient appointments at select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations and surgery centers. 

We offer urology care for kids with inguinal hernias and hydroceles at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando, Fla.) and outpatient appointments at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations. 

We offer urology care for kids with inguinal hernias and hydroceles at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville and our hospital affiliate, Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Our Nemours surgeons perform operations at Wolfson, with follow-ups after surgery in the hospital and at our Nemours offices.

We offer urology care for kids with inguinal hernias and hydroceles at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola and our hospital affiliate West Florida Healthcare, with some outpatient appointments available at other Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

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