Varicocele Q & A
Varicocele (VAR-ih-koe-seel) is a medical term used to describe swelling of the veins within the scrotum – the loose bag of skin that holds the testicles. It may look like a varicose vein that you might see in your leg. It is often described as looking like a bag of worms. Most of the time, treatment is not required, but in some cases, the varicocele can affect fertility, and cause discomfort, or pain.
What is Varicocele?
A varicocele is a medical condition affecting men that may cause discomfort, pain, or infertility. Although it does not always produce symptoms, when it does, they can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. Talking to your doctor is the first step to evaluating your condition and getting help.
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, a heavy feeling, 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?
- Visible, enlarged veins in the scrotum
- One testicle larger than the other
- Lump in scrotum that is not painful
- Pain that is worse when standing, during hot weather, or during exercise
What are common tests for Varicocele?
Signs of a varicocele can often be observed by your physician, but imaging such as ultrasound is helpful in diagnosing the condition and planning appropriate treatment.
How is Varicocele treated?
Treatments for varicocele can include embolization of the gonadal vein in the office setting, on an outpatient basis. Relief is often immediate, and patients can go home the same day, and return to normal activity after only a day or two. Coordinating care with your Primary Care Provider or Urologist will allow our specialists to create a treatment plan that gets you back to a healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible, with minimal downtime. Call us or click on the convenient online scheduling tool today to talk to our team and learn more about how we can help you.