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what actually happens to a varicocele after it is treated with embolization?

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Dr. Armen Kassabian
20 years experience Urology
Involution: The size of the varicocele (enlargement of the veins) will decrease. Embolization can be used if surgical approaches are contra-indicated as success rates with surgery are higher.
Answered on Nov 27, 2015
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Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
34 years experience Phlebology
Disappears: The embolized gonadal vein occludes and is converted to a cord of scar. Collateral veins with functional valves open to drain the area, normalizing venous pressures and allowing the dilated overpressured veins to return to normal.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. James Lin
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Collapse...: After embolizing spermatic vein at its proximal end near renal vein, if successful, the pressure inside the dilated spermatic veins will dissipated and the affected veins will collapse and hopefully in time obliterated. Remember no rx carries a 100% success. Thus far, microscopic varicocelectomy under experienced hands still comes up the best possible result.
Answered on Jun 15, 2017

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