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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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