A varicocele (say "VAR-uh-koh-seel") is a large vein that forms in
one or both testicles. The blood builds up, or pools. This makes the vein larger
than normal. To fix the problem, your doctor ties off the end of the vein so
the blood will not pool.
In some men, a varicocele may be related
to poor sperm quality. This may make it hard to father a child. The doctor
can do one of several types of surgery to improve a man's chance of having
children. After the surgery, sperm quality may improve. This may help you
father a child. The surgery may also be done to reduce pain in the scrotum.
The doctor may look through a microscope to see better during the
surgery. He or she makes small cuts in your groin. These cuts are called incisions. Or your doctor
may choose to use a laparoscope. To do this type of surgery, the doctor puts a
lighted tube, or scope, and other surgical tools through small cuts in your
belly. The doctor is able to see with the scope. The surgery also can be done
through a vein in the leg.
Most men go home a few hours after the
surgery. You will probably be able to go back to work or your normal routine in
2 to 3 days. This depends on your job. If your job involves a lot of
activity or lifting, it may take a week or more before you can go back to work.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test
results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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