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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Varicocele (Overview)

Varicose spermatic cord veins within the scrotum. Usually left sided & due to absent or faulty venous valves between testis and major vessels permitting beack pressure effects on spermatic veins. Can cause infertility in some, but mostly of no consequence. Best treated by urologist if associated with pain which is rare, or there is an unpleasant heavy draggy feeling.


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I have recently had a varicocele embolisation, how long will it take to see results e.g time for the varicocele to significantly reduce in size?

I have recently had a varicocele embolisation, how long will it take to see results e.g time for the varicocele to significantly reduce in size?

4-6 weeks: Post-tissue infarction via embolization slowly causes the tissue to involute and shrink over a few weeks, at which time you'll clinically observe an improvement... ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Varicocele (Overview)

Varicose spermatic cord veins within the scrotum. Usually left sided & due to absent or faulty venous valves between testis and major vessels permitting beack pressure effects on spermatic veins. Can cause infertility in some, but mostly of no consequence. Best treated by urologist if associated with pain which is rare, or there is an unpleasant heavy draggy feeling.


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Is it possible to have a varicocele embolization undone (i.e. remove the coil)? If so, are there any risks?

Is it possible to have a varicocele embolization undone (i.e. remove the coil)? If so, are there any risks?

Varicocele: In general no, it is not feasible to remove the coil from a small vessel such as the spermatic vein. I think the larger question is, why would you want to have it removed? ...Read more

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What are varicoceles in men?

What are varicoceles in men?

Enlarged veins: Varicoceles are enlarged veins adjacent to the testicles. ...Read more

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What is varicocele?

What is varicocele?

Varicose veins: A varicocele is varicose or dilated veins in the scrotum or spermatic cord. These are more common on the left and are due to the absence of valves in the spermatic veins. Infertility may be a problem in 15% of men with varicocele but not all men with varicoceles will be infertile. ...Read more

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What is a varicocele?

Varicocele is. ..: Varicocele is an inborn spermatic venous valve disorder, manifesting its various degree along life, resulting from venous valve defect failing to keep up one-way central drainage toward heart, just like the varicose veins in the lower legs in many women and men. ...Read more

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How can I treat varicocele?

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. ...Read more

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How did I get my varicocele?

How did I get my varicocele?

Not known: Mostly docs believe varicoceles start forming in puberty from faulty valves in the scrotal veins. The blood backs up and causes the veins to swell and become blocked. Nothing you did caused them. Like varicose veins in your leg. See
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/varicocele/ds00618/dsection=causes. ...Read more

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Could stress cause varicoceles?

Could stress cause varicoceles?

NO: This is an issue of the valves in the veins not working properly. ...Read more

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What can I do for my varicocele?

What can I do for my varicocele?

Get it checked.: A varicocele is generally a benign condition caused by dilatation of the pampiniform plexus of spermatic veins. They usually occur on the left side. If there are no symptoms, dull ache, pain, or sense of fullness, usually nothing needs to be done. Minor pain can be conservatively managed with scrotal support & nsaids. Severe pain or infertility can be treated surgically by ligation of the vessels. ...Read more

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What is the cause of varicocele?

Vericocele: The idiopathic varicocele occurs when the valves within the veins along the spermatic cord do not work properly. This is essentially the same process as varicose veins, which are common in the legs. This results in backflow of blood into the pampiniform plexus and causes increased pressures, which on rare occasion can lead to permanent damage to the testicular tissue due to disruption of normal supply of oxygenated blood via the testicular artery. ...Read more

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What can be done for a varicocele?

Varicocele: Most common therapy for varicocele is a varicocelectomy either through an open approach or a laparoscopy. Alternatively, embolization of a varicocele can also be performed as well. The basic concept is a disruption of the venous back flow to the testicle. Www. Peedoc. Com @drhtay. ...Read more

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How can I cure varicocele problem?

Surgery: Surgery is the only cure. See a urologist. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a varicocele?

Varicocele: Varicocele are engorgement of the spermatic vein/plexus in the scrotum. Large varicocele can often present visually as a fullness or "bag of worms" on top of the testicle. I recommend seeing a urologist if you notice any of these findings or a lump in your testicle. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of varicocele?

What is the main cause of varicocele?

It's. ...: It results from congenital venous valve defects inside spermatic veins, occurs to 10-15% of men, and requires no rx except for occasions concerning poor sperm/semen quality for infertility, its related pain, or poor testicular growth in children. So, no rx is needed usually. ...Read more

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What to do if I might have varicocele?

Treatment: A varicocele is a mass in the scrotum caused by defective valves in the testicular veins, which cause blood to pool, and the veins to expand. The pooling blood raises testicular temperature and affects testosterone and sperm production, which can affect fertility. Men can still have babies w/ this, but the odds are lower. Tx safely w/ varicocelectomy, ligation, or embolization. ...Read more

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How to check if you have a varicocele?

Not easy: Unfortunately this is a little difficult to do on yourself, if you do not know what to feel for. Even teaching young doctors and residents it can take a while to teach them how and what to feel for. Best to see your doctor who can perform a proper examination. The good news is most varicoceles are not a problem unless you have symptoms associated with it. Sorry this wasn't more helpful. Good luck ...Read more

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How long until my varicocele disappears?

It will probably: Never disappear unless it is surgically removed, but most do not require surgery. ...Read more

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Can I die from varicocele if I ignore it?

Can I die from varicocele if I ignore it?

No: A very benign condition sometimes causing male infertility, and sometimes causing mild pain or a heavy feeling in the scrotum. ...Read more

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Do you have any information on varicocele?

Hope this helps.: A varicocele is a mass in the scrotum caused by defective valves in the testicular veins, which cause blood to pool, and the veins to expand. The pooling blood raises testicular temperature and affects testosterone and sperm production, which can affect fertility. Men can still have babies w/ this, but the odds are lower. Tx safely w/ varicocelectomy, ligation, or embolization. ...Read more

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Can varicocele cause pain when lying down?

Varicocele: If the veins distend a lot yes it can cause pain but in general it does not ...Read more

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How much time until varicocele disappears?

Never except...: Existing varicocele will never disappear spontaneously, but will do so after varicoclectomy in some 90% of times with non-microscopic technique and some 98% of times with miscroscopic surgical technique. ...Read more

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How does varicocele occur or what causes it?

Faulty venous valves: Between testis & major blood vessels allowing a column of blood to exert back pressure on delicate spermatic veins within scrotum. Varicocele can drain normally when subject is lying down which removes cause of back pressure. Veins enlarge to become varicose. Urologists have best & most reliable results if subject wishes to get rid of the problem. Biased intervention radiologists may disagree! ...Read more

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What is the best way to manage a varicocele?

Support: Not all varicoceles need to be treated. Most of the time, if anything is needed, scrotal support is all that is necessary. Reasons to fix a varicocele would be pain, infertility, or if a teenaged boy has testicle atrophy. Treatment options include microsurgery or laparoscopic varicocelectomy, done by a urologist, or embolization of the vein, done by an interventional radiologist. ...Read more

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

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

Do nothing...: Do nothing as long as being comfortable without its related pain and having no concern for male infertitility. ...Read more

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Can someone with a varicocele produce offspring?

Can someone with a varicocele produce offspring?

Absolutely: Varicocele's are actually quite common. Most people with varicoceles do not have reduced fertility. Varicoceles can sometimes cause a certain type of reduced infertility. ...Read more

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Please explain what does a varicocele feel like?

Here are some. ..: Varicocele occurs in 15-20% of men but in 35-40% of men evaluated for infertility. Most of them are asymptomatic, i.e., feeling nothing. If feeling something, that is some achy feeling & pressure after a long standing, but quickly relieved after lying flat for a while; so men with symptomatic varicocele feel dull ache / pain / pain in the afternoon, but feel relieved at waking up. ...Read more

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Varicocele embolisation how do I know it worked?

That is...: If working as designed, you will see: the size of varicocele becoming smaller (not completely disappeared) and quality of semen will improve if done for male infertility; and varicocele-related pain disappears if done for symptomatic varicocele. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting varicocele?

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. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a varicocele? Is it pretty benign

No danger ; benign..: Yes, it is benign and no danger to life. Fact: some 15-20% of men have it. ...Read more

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What is the best method to removing of varicocele?

What is the best method to removing of varicocele?

Surgery: If the varicocele is troublesome, then your doctor may recommend open surgery, laproscopic surgery, or injecting coils or an irritating solution into testicular veins to scar them off. See
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/varicocele/ds00618/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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Enlarged Testicular Veins (Definition)

This occurs in 15% of the adult population and is not typically visible until after puberty. It is almost always on the left side, and if seen on the right additional evaluation needs to be performed. It is more common in men with infertility and if treated ...Read more