I had a microsurgical sub-inguinal varicocele surgery exactly 4 weeks ago. I had a ton of swelling/bruising and minimal pain (have needed no pain meds). I still have a rather large swelling in my left side of the scrotum and in a line connecting from the incision site. I'd estimate that completely it is the size of a small banana. I had my follow-up and my dr. said it was a hematoma and I need to rest a couple more weeks. I've been good about bed rest--did nothing but lie on my back for two weeks. I have minimal pain, but a little, especially if I've been on my feet for a couple hours.
1) is this normal? seems like a long recovery based on what I've read.
2) can this hematoma damage my testicle?
3) does this sound like a slight error by the surgeon? I know every situation is different, but this is crazy.
4) other than ice, elevation, scrotal support, and rest---what can help?
Thanks!! I appreciate any help I can get.