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The tendency of modern surgery is toward methods that shorten convalescence as much as is compatible with safety and toward ambulatory treatment when possible. As far as I have been able to ascertain no satisfactory ambulatory treatment of hydrocele by any radical method has been described. The nearest approach to it being the old method by injection, which in many instances is far from satisfactory. I wish here very briefly to detail a method of treatment that has been put to the test in a few cases with very gratifying results.
Before describing this method I wish to review briefly the operations that have been most used and are usually employed today; to point out some of the deficiencies of these methods and contrast them with the procedure I am about to describe. In speaking of hydrocele I refer to an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tunica vaginalis testis,
BARTHOLOMEW JN. THE RADICAL CURE OE HYDROCELE BY A NEW AMBULATORY METHOD.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(17):782–784. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440170016001f
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