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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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Is there a bodybuilder who have varicocele? What if I do weight training, what will be the risk I would experience? And is it harmful?

Is there a bodybuilder who have varicocele? What if I do weight training, what will be the risk I would experience? And is it harmful?

Here are some...: Any physical activities which may increase the pressure inside abdominal cavity such as weight-lifting, will sequentially increase the pressure inside varicocele. potentially leading to worsening of varicocele, but such speculated adverse effect is still unclear; so I would proceed with the training and see. If varicocele is considered with male infertility, varicocele correction may be required. ...Read more

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I have some discomfort on my varicocele (Left Grade 2, Right Grade 1)when I lift weights above 20 kg. I want to gym but what workouts need to be avoided?

I have some discomfort on my varicocele (Left Grade 2, Right Grade 1)when I lift weights above 20 kg. I want to gym but what workouts need to be avoided?

Testicular pain: May be due to the vericocele with more pressure distending the vein with lifting. Blood from left kidney is being forced down the gonadal vein into the scrotum. Answer: Don't lift weight or have an "Internal spermatic vein ligation" to stop the blood flowing down in the opposite direction. Testicle will drain thru other channels. ...Read more

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I'm 23 with a varicocele In my latest scrotal U/S it measures 2.3 mm at rest, 3.2 mm with valsalva I wanna know if I can do heavy weight lifting?

If you want you can: Unlike hernia, heavy work will not harm you in varicocele, Wear a good supportive underwear like 'Jack Straps' If it bothers you get it fixed (surgery) a simple out patient surgery. ...Read more

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Why is lifting heavy things a risk factor for getting varicocele?

Here are some. ..: Varicoecle is an inborn venous valve defects of spermatic veins & happens to some 15% of men with >90% of cases on left side and some 10% involving both right & left sides. Its real significance has been debated & still incompletely understood. Most cases need no surgery, but 3 conditions including its possibly related infertility, symptoms like leg varicose veins, & testis atrophy in adolescence. ...Read more

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How soon after a varicocele embolization can you return to your regular workout regimen?

How soon after a varicocele embolization can you return to your regular workout regimen?

Several weeks: The size of the varicocele (enlargement of the veins) will decrease in several weeks. Embolization can be used if surgical approaches are contra-indicated as success rates with surgery are higher. I would wait at least 4-6 weeks or longer based on the nature of the regular workout regimen. ...Read more

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I'm underweight 102 lbs. 5"7 Ht. As of now I have varicocele not treated yet. Is it okay to lifts weights? And how to gain more lbs?

Here are some. ..: As long as you can conduct personal and occupational chores & tasks with adequate efficiency & outcome for daily living, I would not worry about your weight under peer or social pressure, but continue practicing quality healthy lifestyle without overindulgence & obsession. Besides, varicocele exists in some 15% of men with 80-90% on left side, which should not interfere weightlifting. ...Read more

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I'm 19 years old and have a left-side grade 3 varicocele. I do heavy lifting 4/5 times a week. Is it dangerous to my health?

No: In general, varicoceles pose no health risks. They are simply dilated (varicose) veins and can cause aching discomfort at times, particularly when you are on your feet for long periods. In some cases, varicoceles may reduce sperm production from the involved testis. The two reasons to have it surgically corrected therefore would be pain or evidence of decreased fertility. ...Read more

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I discvered that I have a varicocel the doctor said that it's not dangerous can I workout or practise sport it doesn't affect on it?

I discvered that I have a varicocel the doctor said that it's not dangerous can I workout or practise sport it doesn't affect on it?

Good to go: Do whatever you want. If it hurts, then ease up. If you ever think the varicocele is a problem, see a urologist for a consultation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a very small varicoele cause discomfort when standing for long periods of time? I was told only big ones do, but I always get that heavy feeling on one testicle if I stand for a few hours. I have a grade one varicocele. Does this make sense/ normal?

Can a very small varicoele cause discomfort when standing for long periods of time? I was told only big ones do, but I always get that heavy feeling on one testicle if I stand for a few hours. I have a grade one varicocele. Does this make sense/ normal?

Unusual & unlikely: Small varicoceles are not usually associated with discomfort. However there are always exceptions to almost any rule. Treatment would depend upon how much this bothers you. Alternative is live with it & accept discomfort or sit down if this is possible. ...Read more

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Ultrasound on testicles, and came back with very small varicocele, but I do have some heavy like soreness in the testicles. Does this mean surgery?

Not necessarily: Surgery is usually a last resort for varicocele, in an attempt to improve fertility or relieve more severe symptoms. A consultation with a urologist would give you a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had operated 8 years ago from varicocele. Now, I have enlarge vein? At bottom in left testis but not from the top. What's that? Feel heavy somtimes

See a doc: Some remnant vericocele id possible. Do have it checked and maybe get an ultrasound image done, to be safe if your doctor thinks it's big enough. ...Read more

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What is a varicocele? Doctors have suggested my enlarged right testicle with a heavy chord attached to it and upward toward my groin may be varicocele

What is a varicocele? Doctors have suggested my enlarged right testicle with a heavy chord attached to it and upward toward my groin may be varicocele

? Like bag of worms: 99% of varicoceles occur on left side, and feel like a "bag of worms" if you feel your scrotum when standing. Varicoceles empty when you are lying down. Your symtoms are more likely due to a hydrocele. Please see a urologist because there is always a remote chance that this might be serious, although odds are 99% that it is benign. In addition, it will be taken care of. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is varicocele surgery like?

What is varicocele surgery like?

It's....: It's done via an inguinal incision, usually under microscope, to explore the spermatic cord so to identify, isolate, transect, and resect spermatic veins (2-5 variably), resulting in eliminating its dilation and pressure hoping to improve semen sperm quality for infertility and relieve its related pain. Detail? Ask doc. It's usually considered as a minor ambulatory surgery. ...Read more

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What is a varicocele embolization like?

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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Weight Training (Definition)

This is an exercise program focusing on strength training via use of resistance. The weights used can be barbells, dumb bells, track machines with ...Read more