Three weeks after having a laparoscopic appendectomy I noticed some swelling and tenderness in my left groin. There was no bulge, but I told my doctor it felt like a hernia. He gave me an exam and told me that it was a small inguinal hernia. I scheduled the surgery to have it repaired, but while waiting to have that done I would occasionally have this discomfort on the upper-left side of my scrotum. It felt like it was my testicle, and would knock the wind out of me if it brushed against my leg, but when I would feel them there was no pain in my testicles. I finally had my hernia surgery (5 weeks ago) and although there has been some relief, and a good portion of the swelling has gone down, there is still Some continuous swelling (puffiness) in my groin. And I will occasionally have that same feeling on the upper-left side of my scrotum. I've done a little research, and my scrotum symptoms seem consistent with a variocele, but I'm not a professional. Why is this? Is it possible that the hernia caused damaged to the spermatic cord, that resulted in a variocele, or something else? Some help/advice could really give me a peace of mind.
How are you? Spermatic cord is a cordlike structure, consisting of the vas deferens and its accompanying arteries, veins, nerves, and lymphatic vessels, that passes from the abdominal cavity through the inguinal canal down into the scrotum to the back of the testicle.
Damage to the spermatic cord can occur due to torsion of the testicles or due to inguinal hernia. As you mentioned there is movement of the testiscles into the stomach i.e.,retraction of testicles, this causes pain due to pulling.
But what is more important is pain in the testicle when it is hanging low, this could happen due to torsion, varicocele or orchitis.
I would suggest that you get a ultrasound scrotum done and visit a urologist for physical examination and confirmation of diagnosis.