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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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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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 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 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 does "varicocele embolization" procedure feel like step-by-step?

Embolization: This is usually done by an interventional radiologist. Local anesthetic with some sedation. The poke hole is bsndaged once their done and you feel a warming sensation with the dye. ...Read more

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What is varicocele urolithiasis?

Here is...: I assumed you probably meant varicocele phlebolith, not urolithiasis. Urolithiasis denotes stones forming inside urinary tract - kidneys, ureters, ; bladder. Phlebolith indicates stone formed inside vein, usually at its valves as the phlebolith commonly seen in pelvic veins in imaging study, which carries no practical weight in clinical care. So, i assumed stones similarly forms inside varicocele. ...Read more

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What causes varicocele?and which cases require surgery?and what is the infleunce on the infertility

What causes varicocele?and which cases require surgery?and what is the infleunce on the infertility

Lack of vein valves: between testis and heart resulting in back pressure effect on spermatic veins in scrotum when erect. Surgical indications are scrotal discomfort, pain, infertility due to lack of or progressive diminution of motile sperm, giant varicocele in adolescence in anticipation of possible infertility or cosmesis. Most common cause of correctable male infertility due to low count or lack of motile sperm ...Read more

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If want to see lump in testes.How to check it.? What is varicocele ? Reply respected.Regards.

Here are...: Learn how to do testicular self-examination like women performing breast self-exam. Varicocele is an inborn venous valve defect in spermatic veins, resulting in the dilation of pampiniform venous plexus above testis, usually on left side. Usually, do nothing with it. But at need for male infertility, its related pain/sx as clinically suspected and judged, and its related slow growth of testis... ...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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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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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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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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