Do you know that varicose veins of the testicles are called varicocele? It arises due to similar reasons as varicose veins in legs. Varicocele is a quite common condition in men in which the veins in the scrotum become swollen and enlarged, and become visibly bluish-red.
What exactly is a varicocele?
Varicocele occurs due to damaged veins in the region. When the valves in the veins are damaged, they do not function optimally due to which backflow of the blood occurs. The refluxed blood starts to pool up inside the veins, making them swollen. This condition can arise due to inflammation, infection, or injury in the testicles. Though it doesn’t cause other symptoms the swollen veins often compress the spermatic cord which affects sperm production and quality.
The Need for Varicocele Surgery
Although in most cases, varicocele is painless and does not cause much discomfort, in some cases, a varicocele can be quite painful. Painless or painful, varicocele certainly is a cause of concern.
Varicoceles are known to affect fertility in males. They adversely affect sperm count, quality, and motility. In addition to fertility issues, varicoceles can affect your hormonal levels and also give rise to a number of serious complications like testicular atrophy and testicular torsion.
Therefore, timely treatment of varicocele becomes necessary. There are numerous non-surgical treatments available as well, but they only provide symptomatic relief and do not permanently resolve the problem. Thus, the only way to get rid of varicoceles once and for all is surgery, also known as varicocelectomy.
Varicocele Surgery Recovery Time
The recovery time after varicocele surgery totally depends upon the technique used for the surgical procedure. The recovery period is usually longer for open varicocelectomy in comparison to the laparoscopic one.
Let’s further give a detailed insight into each one of these:
The recovery time for open varicocele surgery
Open varicocelectomy involves carrying out a number of incisions, cuts, and sutures on the scrotum. Due to this, it may take weeks to recover completely after the open varicocele surgery. After an open varicocelectomy, you may experience pain and swelling in the scrotum for about 4-6 weeks.
And this is the recovery period for a complication-free recovery. If during the recovery, any post-operative infection or complication arises, this period may prolong even more. It can make your recovery more painful and uncomfortable.
Therefore, for 4-6 weeks after open varicocelectomy, you cannot go back to your normal routine, and this may cause a lot of inconvenience for you.
Short recovery time after laparoscopic varicocele surgery
Laparoscopic varicocelectomy offers a comparatively much shorter recovery period. Since it is a minimally invasive procedure, no major cuts or stitches are involved and thus the post-operative recovery is almost as painless as the surgery itself.
It will surprise you to know that if you choose this laparoscopic varicocele surgery, you will recover completely in just a week. Yes, only 7 days and you are fit to go about your daily life routines. And if you have a sedentary job that does not involve much moving around, you may even be able to go back to it within 3-4 days.
You may experience some pain or swelling, but it will be almost negligible and that too will subside within a day or so.
Things you can do or eat to ensure faster recovery after varicocele surgery
- If you experience any scrotal pain or swelling, use ice packs or cold compresses on the scrotum to alleviate the pain.
- Eat light and healthy. You should have whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Keep your dinner light and simple. (Also read: Home remedies for varicocele)
- While carrying on with your daily life activities, wear scrotal support or jockstrap to minimize the pressure on the scrotal area.
- Do not lift anything heavy. Doing so can strain your scrotum excessively and create more problems for you, thereby prolonging the recovery period even more.
- Avoid any sexual activities until you recover completely. Discuss with your doctor for how long you need to stay away from sexual intercourse.
Immediately reach out to your doctor if you experience this:
If you face high fever, chills, and constant pain in your groin area during your recovery, get immediate help from your specialist doctor.
Also, if you find your bandage soaked with blood after the open varicocele surgery, this calls for a doctor’s help. This indicates an underlying condition that needs medical attention without any delays.
Varicocele obviously is a very discomforting and embarrassing condition for some men. But what you should remember is that your health is your priority. Thus, keep aside any reluctance and share the problem with your doctor.
In many cases, it does not even require surgery for varicoceles. So, it is better you resolve this issue just in time before it aggravates with time.
If you are searching for a specialist nearby you, Pristyn Care is happy to help. All you have to do is book an online appointment and we will definitely provide you with the best treatment experience.