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A 36-year-old member asked:

is a varicocele curable?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Varicocele: There is surgical treatment for a varicocele. This was done more commonly in the past as it was believed to reduce fertility in the patient. Urologists do fewer of these procedures today, and many men who have varicoceles have normal sperm counts and proven fertility. Pain, discomfort, swelling would also be a reason for surgical removal.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Certainly curable by laparoscopic spermatic vein ligation, open supra-pubic vein ligation, or inguinal microsurgical spermatic vein ligations. Interventional radiologists treat by injecting microcoils into spermatic vein to cause spermatic vein thrombosis. Surgical cure rate, in my experience, is higher. Agree that varicoceles only need treatment if associated with infertilility (minority) or are symptomatic.
Mar 19, 2013
Dr. James Lin
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Not curable...: Not curable but modifiable to conform the fact: medical professionals have never cure anyone but just help patients improve their inside ; outside environments with knowledge, skill, technology, drug, common sense, and wisdom so to optimize their self-healing process / ability for potentially optimal functional recovery with their current own residual strength.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is a varicocele? Is it pretty benign

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Usually not...: These are usually benign in nature; the only difficulty arises with size...They need to be reduced when they become too large; please let your doctor examine it and establish a baseline; he/she can then follow it to determine when a urologist needs to be involved.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Are some people more prone to getting varicocele?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Lacking venous valve: Boys or men who lack venous valves in the spermatic vein or veins between testicle and left renal vein are more prone to developing a varicocele. They are only discovered at approaching puberty or later by presence of a scrotal swelling that feels like a bag of worms when subject is standing up or as part of an infertility workup.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can I treat varicocele?

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Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 15 years experience
Options: Not all varicoceles need to be treated. Reasons to fix a varicocele would be symptoms (pain), infertility (common finding with infertile men), and adolescents with testicle atrophy. Treatment options include open surgical repair including microsurgical approach (with use of microscope), laparoscopic varicocelectomy or percutaneous embolization typically performed by a radiologist.
A 32-year-old member asked:

I think I have a varicocele. What should I do?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Self examination: Examine your left scrotum when standing. Varicocele feels like a 'bag of worms'. See urologist if you experience pain from it or heavy dragging feeling ; it bothers you. Also if you if you wish to maintain maximal fertility + left testis is smaller than right as varicocele is having an effect on testis. Do not do anything if future fertility of no concern + ur symptom free.
A 42-year-old member asked:

My varicocele got bigger, so should I do something about it?

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Dr. Andrew Siegel
Urology 40 years experience
Maybe: Would fix only if symptomatic causing terrible pain or fertility issues or if it bothering you cosmetically.

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