So my story is a pretty sad one. In January of this year, I developed pain in my right testicle due to chronic epididymitis. The pain had gotten to the point where it was interferring with my daily activities, so I chose to seek medical help. I was ultimately referred to a urologist, who said that he could do a spermatic cord denervation procedure on me and make the pain go away completely. I wasn’t too keen on it, but he sold me on it and said “I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I’ve never seen any guys not get better.” So I agreed to have the operation this past April 20. That was the day my life ended.
I have since developed horrific burning pain in my groin and an awful feeling of numbness along my inner thigh and up the side of my scrotum. I told the urologist about these symptoms when they started (about 2 weeks after the procedure), but he brushed me off and said that they were just normal post-surgical problems. The awful pain in my groin and thigh continued to get worse, to the point where I could not sleep. It was at that point that I realized that something had to be terribly wrong, and I chose to seek a second opinion.
I spoke to a pain management specialist who evaluated me, and gave me the bad news: I had sustained permanent nerve damage (genitofemoral neuralgia) as a result of the surgery. There is no cure for this condition, and I will need to be on nerve pain medication and pain meds for the rest of my life. I am in constant agony every single day and night now, far worse than anything that I had prior to denervation. I would give anything to go back in time and not have the operation. Quite simply put, it has ruined my life.
In the span of a few short months, I have gone from having a case of annoying but bearable chronic epididymitis, to having permanent genitofemoral neuralgia that will have me in pain and discomfort for the rest of my life. And as an added bonus, the surgery has caused me to have pain in the adjacent testicle now. Trusting my urologist and choosing to have the denervation was the worst choice I have ever made, and I would do anything to take it back.