Varicocele Q & A
What is Varicocele?
Varicocele (VAR-ih-koe-seel) is a medical term used to describe swelling of the veins within the scrotum. It may look like a varicose vein that you might see in your leg. Most of the time, treatment is not required, but in some cases, the Varicocele can affect fertility and cause discomfort or pain.
What causes Varicocele?
Much like varicose veins elsewhere in the body, a varicocele is caused by dilated veins, which allow blood to pool, causing pressure, heaviness, and sometimes pain.
Who is at risk for Varicocele?
Varicoceles can develop over time and affect any man at any time in his life.
What are the symptoms of Varicocele?
Although it does not always produce symptoms, when it does, they can be unpleasant and uncomfortable.
- Visible, enlarged veins in the scrotum
- One testicle that is larger than the other
- Lump in the scrotum that is not painful
- Pain that is worse when standing, during hot weather, or during exercise
What are standard tests for Varicocele?
While your physician may visualize a varicocele without testing, imaging such as ultrasound is helpful when diagnosing the condition and planning appropriate treatment.
How is Varicocele treated?
Treatment for Varicocele includes a minimally invasive procedure that involves embolization of the gonadal vein. This procedure is done in an office-based setting. Relief is often immediate, and patients can go home the same day and return to regular activity after only a day or two. Coordinating care with your Primary Care Provider or Urologist will allow our specialists here at Vascular Health Institute to create a treatment plan that gets you back to a healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible, with minimal downtime.
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