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Good morning Doctor, thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I had a spermatic cord stripping procedure performed on April 20 as a treatment for chronic epididymitis. While the surgery has lessened the original pain, it has caused me issues that I did not have before. I can feel an incredibly bothersome "patch of numbness" on my inner thigh that I did not have before. In addition, I feel a very bothersome sensation at the top of my scrotum that runs down to the skin underneath the testicle. I did not have any of this before the surgery, so I assume this is due to the nerves being cut. Am I stuck like this for life now? I am very bothered by these new symptoms. Thank you Doctor.


The area.of numbness you described corresponds to the area covered by the ilioinguinal nerve that normally runs along the spermatic.cord. It.was.probably injured during the surgery. Recovery is remotely possible but unlikely. Confirm this with your surgeon.


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Stephen W. Leslie, MD


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Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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