So I am really struggling with a decision for my two year old son. He was diagnosed with a communicating hydrocele and he needs a surgical repair. A hydrocele is like a hernia, but it is just abdominal fluid, and it effects his scrotum. I took him to a ped while I was staying in my old hometown visiting my parents, as this is when I noticed it. The ped than referred us to a local general surgeon who we had a consult with. Now I am trying to decide if I am comfortable enough having this surgeon perform the procedure as he is not a pediatric surgeon and has not had a lot of experience operating on children. Just the demographics of the area, small town, a lot of middle age and elderly population. He has a good reputation. However, I do think I would feel more at ease with a surgeon who has worked on a lot of children. Our insurance situation complicates matters. We have Healthy Families, but because DH is a grad student and we're living on student loans, that is not considered an income, and we will be dropped from coverage after Dec. So we have to have this surgery done before the end of the month. I am not sure we have the time to do another consult with a pediatric surgeon and get an appointment for surgery before the end of the month. But of course, I want what is best for my child? So, what would you do? I talked to the ped who originally saw ds (on the phone) and he said, yeah ideally a ped surgeon would probably be best, if it was his child he would, and he said he could refer us. Now I'm more confused, and just don't know what to do. I liked the surgeon we saw, he was very open and friendly, answered my questions honestly, I know he has a good reputation. Going to a pediatric surgeon will require time and energy and hassle to find one, go to another consult, the insurance mess, and travel to a larger city. I just don't know. I want what's best for my child, but I am just feeling so confused and fearful and paralyzed. Do I make my decision with my intuition? My intellect? I don't want to make it out of fear. The surgery is simple and common and complications are low. I think one website I read said 1.7% to 8%. The surgeon did say if it was a more complex procedure he would have sent us elsewhere, to a pediatiric surgeon, but that he feels capable of performing it. WWYD?