What Are Varicoceles?
A varicocele is a varicose vein of the testicle and scrotum that may cause pain and lead to testicular atrophy (shrinkage of the testicles).
In healthy veins within the scrotum, one-way valves allow blood to flow from the testicles and scrotum back to the heart. In a varicocele, these valves do not function properly, causing blood to pool enlarging the vein. The heat from the pooling blood raises the temperature of the scrotum causing a severe decrease in sperm count and sperm motility and increase in the number of deformed sperm.
The incidence of varicoceles can be up to 30% in couples who are having difficulty in conceiving.
How Are Varicoceles Treated?
Varicocele Embolization is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment that is highly effective at treating varicoceles. Blood flow to the affected veins is shut off, resulting in relief of the pain caused by varicoceles.
Common Questions About Varicocele Embolization
How Is It Performed?
Under local anesthesia, a tiny nick is made in the skin of the groin, allowing a thin catheter to be passed into the femoral vein. The catheter is then passed into the affected scrotal vein, and that vein is "shut off."
Will Varicocele Embolization Reduce My Pain?
This minimally-invasive procedure has a proven track record of safely and effectively treating the painful symptoms caused by varicoceles.
Is It an Outpatient Procedure?
Yes! Since Varicocele Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure, you can go home the same day! And since the only incisions made are tiny nicks the size of a grain of rice, you can get back to normal activities in about a week.
Can Varicocele Embolization Reverse Male Infertility?
Varicoceles are a common cause of male infertility. In fact, 40% of men who are infertile suffer from varicoceles. However, Varicocele Embolization can often reverse this, by leading to an increased sperm count.
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Our specialists will take the time to answer your questions about varicoceles and Varicocele Embolization.
Schedule an Appointment
Request an appointment for a varicocele evaluation if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Pain when exercising, sitting, or standing
- Shrinking of one testicle
- Cannot get your partner pregnant
- Unusual bulges in one testicle
- Pain that worsens during the day
- To lie on your back relieves pain
- Chronic dull pain in the testicles