There is good news and bad news.
Bad news: It’s a very difficult recovery. The incision in the upper groin when you have it done inguinally is excruciating. It’s about 5 inches long and will render every move for at least 2 weeks, excruciating. Full recovery is about 4-6 weeks. You will not be sleeping on your side or walking much. There is a also a lot of post op pain. A hematoma has formed in the scrotum and the scrotal skin is chaffing and peeling. Morning wood is very painful (but I guess it’s good I’m getting healthy erections)
Good news It seems like there’s a high probability it’ll work. I had a nasty case of chronic epididymitis. My pain was very localized to tender spots, making the likelihood of removing the whole thing, good odds. The epididymis is no longer there, I can’t touch it, it’s not causing my pain. It made the likelihood of denervation making it worse higher. The swelling would’ve just been more pissed off. I will report back in another 2 weeks!
More bad news Even if it works I am not home free. My left testicle has some mild/moderate pain first from a varicocele, and then from a failed microsurgery. However it’s significantly less severe than chronic epididymitis. The difference is 3 or 4/10 pain vs 7/10. Denervation and cryo really scare me, and a bilateral orchiectomy Is an absolute last resort (however one I might consider before taking on one of the two surgeries above). So we’re doing Botox in about 6 weeks. I am banking a lot on either hitting the lotto, or having a cumulative effect of 2-3 shots that brings the pain from 3/10 to 1 or 0 where it will stay. Dr P said some men get relief for up to 2 years, as the nerve is turned off not to send pain signals. But average duration is 3 months.