Intratunical bupivacaine and methylprednisolone instillation for scrotal pain after testicular sperm retrieval procedures

Asian J Androl. 2003 Mar;5(1):65-7.


Aim: To investigate the effect of intratunical instillation of bupivacaine and methylprednisolone for scrotal pain, swelling and peritesticular fibrosis due to testicular sperm retrieval procedures.

Methods: A total of 65 patients were randomly divided into two groups. In the instillation group (GI), 34 patients were administered 2.5 mL of 0.5 % bupivacaine combined with 10 mg/ml methylprednisolone before closure of the tunica vaginalis. In the control group (GC), 31 patients only received analgesics postoperatively by intramuscular route. The pain (by visual analogue scale, VAS) and duration of pain-free period after surgery between the two groups were evaluated at 2 and 4 h and at days 2 and 7 postoperatively.

Results: The mean pain scores were significantly lower in the GI than in the GC group at 2 and 4 h after surgery (P<0.05 and P<0.01, respectively). The mean duration of pain free interval after the procedure was 47.8 +/-16.9 (12-72) h in GI, which was significantly longer than that in GC [(9.9 +/-3.6; 4-20) h]. Besides, in the GI, 29 % of patients were completely free from pain and 67 % had no scrotal swelling, but in the GC, all the patients required additional NSAID injection due to pain and only 3 % had no scrotal swelling.

Conclusion: This study confirms that direct intratunical instillation of bupivacaine and methylprednisolone around the testis reduces the postoperative pain, scrotal swelling and peritesticular fibrosis.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthetics, Local / administration & dosage*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Bupivacaine / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methylprednisolone / administration & dosage*
  • Oligospermia / surgery*
  • Pain, Postoperative / drug therapy*
  • Scrotum
  • Spermatozoa / cytology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anesthetics, Local
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Bupivacaine