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Has anyone had a varicocele embolization? What can I expect?

Has anyone had a varicocele embolization? What can I expect?

Ask Doc...: The experience from varicocele embolization will be just like a patient receiving angiography - an arterial imaging study by interventional radiologist. However, the degree of pain/pressure may highly vary depending upon the varying complexity ; patient's tolerance/coping ability among individuals. Note: the detail of a procedure is never the same among individuals; it's fact of life. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Varicocele (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What can I expect in follow-up after a varicocele embolization?

What can I expect in follow-up after a varicocele embolization?

If..., then...: If done for pain, i will check patient in 6 months after the first postop visit in 5-10 days, so to check if his vricocele-related improves or disappears or not, in correlating the shrink of varicocele. If for male infertility, after immediate postop visit(s), i will repeat semen analysis in 3-4 months so to see and compare it with that before procedure, and of course, to examine if the varicocele. ...Read more

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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's varicocele embolization?

Blocking flow: Varicoceles are caused when the valves that prevent backflow in the spermatic vein fail, causing the veins of the scrotum to dilate because of high pressures. Embolization destroys the spermatic vein (which cannot be repaired), allowing collateral veins with functioning valves to take over the flow and normalize the pressures. ...Read more

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What is a varicocele embolization?

A way to block...: Varicocele embolization is an innovative means to treat voricocele at need with injecting embolizing coil + sclerosing agent to induce proximal level at spermatic vein entering left renal vein performed by interventional radiologists, so to cause blocking spermatic vein and in time, collapsing varicocele, with a claim of improving semen quality and pregnancy rate. ...Read more

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What is a varicocele embolization?

Here it is ...: Varicocele embolization is done exactly like performing venogram of inferior vena cava to reach the opening where testicular vein drains into left renal vein or inferior vena cava on the right one, & interventional radiologist deploys coil + occluding substance so to eliminate gravitation pressure down to varicocle. The available studies claimed its outcome as favorable as micro-varicocelectomy. ...Read more

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What is embolization of the varicocele?

Varicocele embo: Varicocele embolization is the plugging of the gonadal vein or veins causing the varicocele. Through a tiny incision, a catheter is directed into the gonadal vein, and using coils and/ or particles, the vein(s) are plugged, redirecting blood flow to other healthy pathways. http://www.sirweb.org/patients/varicoceles/. ...Read more

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What is a varicocele embolization like?

A form of its Rx...: Varicocele is common and usually requires no rx. Occasionally, varicocele needs to be treated for its related pain or infertility. Options include open varicocelectomy by urologist or mini-invasive embolization by interventional radiologist. Today, open microscopic varicocelectomy is most commonly used and effective, and embolization for varicocele has become almost historical. Detail? Ask doc... ...Read more

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What to do if I have a varicocele embolization?

Here are some ...: You will be referred to interventional radiologist to perform the procedures through a groin puncture to femoral artery just like those for angiography study. Detail? Ask the interventional radiologist. Best wish and luck ... ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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


Embolization (Definition)

It means stopping flow in artery. Could be done as part of treatment or could ...Read more