Procedure Description

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 a varicocele,  valves do not function properly, causing blood to pool and enlarge the vein.  Approximately 10 percent of all men have varicoceles, and among infertile couples, 30 percent of men have varicoceles.  The highest occurrence of varicoceles is in men ages 15–35.  Approximately 80,000–100,000 men in America may undergo surgical correction of varicoceles each year.

While open surgical ligation, performed by a urologist, is the most common treatment for symptomatic varicoceles, varicocele embolization offers a minimally invasive alternative.  Varicocele also provides a second option if surgical ligation fails.

Conditions Treated

Chronic pain and infertility related to abnormal veins in the scrotum.

Am I a good candidate?

If you have scrotal pain that worsens throughout the day when standing or issues with fertility, you may be a good candidate for varicocele embolization.   Diagnosis is often made with clinical history, physical exam and through the use of Ultrasound imaging.

What should I Expect?

This procedure can be performed in an outpatient setting and typically involves a small incision in the groin or neck.

Recovery Time

Resume normal activity within 1-2 hours following the procedure.

First Steps

Consult with your Urologist or Primary Care physician.

Benefits Comparison

Varicocele Embolization is as effective as surgery with less risk, less pain and less recovery time.

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