Can you lose a testicle from a hernia?

I've heard that some people lose a testicle after this operation. What about that problem?

It is true that the scrotum sometimes becomes very swollen after the operation and can remain so for several weeks. It is also true that sometimes the testicle on the operated side becomes smaller because it receives less blood. All surgeons try to avoid these complications. You should know that sometimes, in very old people, surgeons actually advise that the testicle be removed or be otherwise interfered with so that the repair will be better.

Sometimes the patient will be left with an area of tingling or numbness in the inner upper thigh or part of the scrotum. This can be permanent but is of no functional significance.

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