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Here are some ...: If embolization takes its effect on varicocele, you should immediately see some, not complete, decrease in its size, feel a drastic drop in the pressure in the varicocele in standing position like in lying position, and experience less varicocele-related ache. In 3-4 months, sperm count and concentration in semen will also improve. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vary...: The pressure and tension inside varicocele should disappear almost instantly if the procedure is successful. Its size will gradually decrease with a highly variable pace but never go away completely because its residual tissue mass is still there. But roughly, in 1-2 weeks, you should feel a drastic difference on palpation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been operated twice for left varicocele but it keeps reoccuring. Would varicocele embolization work?
May be...: Why have you had varicocelectomy, for pain or infertility? Was it done under microscope ; at what anatomic level? These factors may affect its outcome. As a urologist ; under my hands, the result has been as good as reported, although interventional radiologists have reported high success of varicocele embolization. Such dispute will continue for a while ; final answer yet remains to be seen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's nothing wrong..: To assure succesfully blocking the proximal part of dilated spermatic veins, interventional radiologist will use the number of coils and the amount of sclerozing material, whatever deem necessary to them, to accomplish the job - blocking the offending vein. That is nothing wrong as you described. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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