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Original Article
January 1972

Lord's Operation for Hydrocele Compared With Conventional Techniques

Author Affiliations

From the departments of urology, North-western University Medical School, Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital, Passavant Memorial Hospital, and Veterans Administration Research Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Dahl is now with the University of Utah College of Medicine and Mr. Singh is now with New Britain (Conn) General Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(1):40-41. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180010034009

This report analyzes the postoperative morbidity of 48 patients who were treated for simple scrotal hydroceles. Patients with coexisting significant diseases and those who had multiple operations were excluded. Twenty-two unilateral hydroceles and three bilateral hydroceles were repaired by Lord's technique. A conventional operation was done on 23 patients. The average stay after Lord's operation was three days in the private hospitals compared with 5.9 days average hospitalization after a conventional repair. Six of the 23 conventional operations were followed by scrotal complications. There were no scrotal complications among the 25 patients who were operated upon by Lord's technique.

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