For men, issues that originate in the testicles can radiate pain throughout the groin. This means that there are many cases when trying to get through the pain without additional medical help isn’t a good idea. However, there are some steps that you can take before you decide it’s time to call a doctor.
Home Care for Groin Pain
The severity of your groin pain is often uncomfortable, but can sometimes be managed with rest and home care. Many patients try to manage their pain before scheduling an appointment. Here are some simple things you can do at home to help increase your comfort.
- Take an over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Apply cold therapies to the injured area. You can use ice packs or a frozen bag of peas wrapped in a towel. You can apply cold for 20-30 minutes four times a day to help reduce discomfort
- Rest. Discontinuing your activities that may have originally caused the damage can allow your body the time to repair itself and get you back on your feet and pain-free in a matter of days. Of course, if you ignore the signs your body is sending, you can increase or worsen the damage.
When to Seek Medical Help
Of course, if none of these methods stop the pain, or the pain persists, it’s time to enlist the help of a licensed medical professional. In some cases, it is also wise to seek immediate medical condition. Here are some reasons that you should go immediately to get help.
- Severe testicle pain, or testicular pain that suddenly starts
- Testicular pain that is accompanied by fever, chills, nausea, or blood in the urine.
- Groin pain is also associated with pain in the back, abdomen, or chest.
Those conditions can be a signal that there is a problem that may need to be corrected immediately. The following conditions can be seen, but you can call our offices to schedule an appointment rather than rushing to an emergency room or urgent care facility.
- Severe or moderate groin pain
- Groin pain that persists more than a few days and doesn’t respond to home therapies
- Mild testicular pain that lasts more than a few days
- A lump or swelling of one or both testicles
- Intermittent radiating pain to or from the groin
- Blood in the urine
Surgical Treatment for Groin Pain
While groin pain can be associated with a wide range of injuries or other concerns, not all of these will require surgery. However, if your condition is severe enough, your doctor may recommend a laparoscopic surgical treatment to correct the problem. This procedure is designed to strengthen the posterior wall of the inguinal canal. This procedure is conducted laparoscopically through one of two methods: transabdominal preperitoneal or extraperitoneal. You should work with your doctor to identify which approach they suggest and make sure that you understand and agree with their approach.
These surgeries can be covered by most health insurances, but they often require the patient to conduct some type of therapies before undergoing a medical procedure. If your doctor has recommended surgery, it is important to discuss this with your insurance company to make sure that it is covered.
Fortunately, these surgical approaches have proven to be effective at treating some of the highest intensity athletes that suffer from groin pain, so you can rest assured that our staff will give you the best chance at full recovery!
If you have been experiencing groin pain for more than a few days, or have a sudden onset of pain in the groin or testicles, call our offices today. If you have been recommended by your doctor to seek surgical options, our experienced team at Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York in New York, NY are well equipped to conduct your surgical procedure and help get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Call today to schedule an appointment (212) 879-6677.