Varicoceles are varicose veins that occur in the testicle and scrotum, and they can bring pain and also affect your fertility. At Precision Vascular, with branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, the experienced vein and vascular team offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatment to alleviate your pain and improve testicular and scrotal health. For an appointment, call the office nearest you or use the online booking button.
Varicoceles are varicose veins that develop in the scrotum, the loose skin that holds your testicles.
Normally, one-way valves in the healthy veins within your scrotum allow blood to flow from the testicles and scrotum and back to the heart. With a varicocele, the valves don’t function properly, allowing the blood to pool, causing the vein to enlarge.
The heat created by the pooled blood in the scrotum raises the temperature, which causes a decrease in sperm count, affects sperm motility, and increases the number of deformed sperm.
Varicoceles is the most common cause of infertility in men and may be affecting as many as 30% of couples having difficulty conceiving. However, varicoceles are treatable, and once they’re resolved, you may have improved chances of conception.
Varicoceles commonly occur in the left testicle due to the indirect fashion in which the vein in this testicle brings blood back to the heart. Pain is the most common symptom.
Your primary care physician may be able to find varicoceles during your annual physical exam. The pooled blood usually causes the vein to bulge, noticeably enough for your doctor to feel during an exam.
However, if your varicocele is small, it may not create a large enough bulge to be able to identify during a physical exam.
In this case, the team at Precision Vascular recommends Doppler ultrasonography, which is an ultrasound that can provide imaging of the backflow of blood. The team may also suggest thermography, which can detect pockets of heat from the pooled blood.
The team at Precision Vascular treats varicose veins in your scrotum and testicles with varicocele embolization. This nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure treats the bulging vein and restores blood flow.
During the procedure, your doctor inserts a catheter into your femoral vein, and it’s then guided to the site of your varicocele. Your doctor then inserts a coil or fluid that blocks the blood flow feeding into your bulging vein. Your body then redirects the flow of blood through other veins.
Varicocele embolization is an outpatient procedure performed using local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort. The procedure creates only small rice-sized incisions, so you should be able to resume your usual activities within a week of your treatment.
To schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment option for varicoceles, call Precision Vascular or request an appointment online today.