Varicocele is a condition of venous insufficiency where the veins in the scrotum (a skin-covered sac that holds the testicles) get enlarged due to poor functioning of the valves located in the veins. It is a common condition in males between 15-25 years of age and is prevalent among 15-20% of the male population, being the most common cause of infertility.
Varicoceles are caused due to vein abnormalities in the scrotum. The valves within the veins regulate blood flow to and from the testicels. Due to the abnormalities caused by a defective valve in the vein, blood circulation becomes irregular, causing the blood to pool. This results in an enlargement or inflammation of the veins in the scrotum.
This condition most commonly takes place during puberty, when the testicles are experiencing rapid growth. In about 85% of the cases, varicoceles are found on the left side of the scrotum. In rare cases, it can also exist on both sides of the scrotum.
In this stage, the varicocele is not visible and can only be felt when the patient is straining, which is why the physician uses a valsalva maneuver.
Fluid build-up around the testicle, which can lead to hydrocele
The fact is, there is no way to prevent a varicocele. However, you might be able to restrict the condition from getting worse by taking certain measures that include- maintaining good health, following a healthy diet, drinking enough water and avoiding smoking. In order to make sure that your condition does not escalate any further, you should also avoid wearing tight fitted clothes. Improving and maintaining the health of your veins can help you deal with the pain and discomfort.
Myth 1: Varicocele is caused by taking cold showers.
Fact: No, taking cold showers does not lead to varicocele. However, in certain cases, it might cause the scrotum to contract.
Myth 2: A varicocele is a rare condition.
Fact: Varicocele is a common condition. Between 10-15 percent of all men develop varicocele at some point in their life.
Myth 3: Decreased fertility is the only complication that can arise from a varicocele.
Fact: While infertility is the prime concern, varicoceles can cause other complications as well. They can be the cause of reduced testosterone production which can lead to complications like metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis and diabetes.
Myth 4: Lifestyle changes do not affect fertility.
Fact: Certainly not. Leading a sedentary lifestyle and smoking may have a significant impact on the semen parameters and sperm health of a man and can worsen the condition of a varicocele.
Myth 5: Varicocele is not dangerous and can be left untreated.
Fact: A varicocele is not usually life-threatening and might not even require immediate treatment. However, given the complications it can cause, it is always a wise choice to consult a urologist and seek proper treatment.
A condition of varicocele does not lead to life-threatening complications and might not be an immediate medical emergency. However, it can possibly lead to a number of complications that include infertility and reduced testosterone production that can lead to problems like metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis and diabetes.
If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of varicocele and are aware that it is affecting your fertility or sperm production, you should right away consult a urologist without a delay.
Most of the surgeries at Pristyn Care are covered under insurance. But, insurance coverage also depends on the type of insurance you choose and the place you opt it from. An insurance team from Pristyn Care will check all your insurance papers and will let you know whether the treatment for varicocele can be covered under insurance or not.
Over the years, surgical procedures have been immensely successful in treating varicoceles with a proven success rate, which is above 90%. But, like any other surgical treatment, the success or risks associated with varicocele treatment are also highly dependent upon the severity of the condition and the surgeon’s experience.
Post-operative care also plays an important role in ensuring a proper recovery. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions to eliminate the risks of any possible complications.
Varicocelectomy is a safe procedure that has a higher chance of improving your fertility and reducing the possible arising complications caused due to the prevention of blood flow into your reproductive organs.
However, as with any surgical procedure, there are a few risks involved and this treatment might not be able to fully restore your fertility. It is important for you to consult a urologist to find out the best line of treatment that is suitable for you.
On 13th of August, a 32-year old man came to Pristyn Care, complaining of acute scrotal swelling on the left side of his testicles that initiated a week earlier. Initially, the patient was planning to delay his treatment and schedule it anytime within the next six months. But, just within the first three weeks, he noticed that the swollen veins were gradually getting enlarged and it started disrupting his day-to-day activities.
Upon realising the gravity of the condition, he immediately booked an online appointment with our specialist and finally understood that surgery is the only permanent solution to the varicocele. Upon a thorough diagnosis, it was found that he had a large swelling on the left hemiscrotum. Our specialist devised a proper treatment plan that included laparoscopic varicocelectomy. Before carrying out the procedure of treatment, the doctor helped the patient do a thorough research on the condition and the method of treatment in which he would be treated.
Today, Mr. Sandeep continues to recover from the treatment. He says, “It has been my absolute privilege to get treated by Dr. Anurag Puri, who not only treated my varicocele, but also helped me make the right decision at the right time! I can never be thankful enough to the entire Pristyn Care team for arranging everything for me.”
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Which doctor should be consulted if I have a varicocele?
You should consult a urologist to diagnose and treat your varicocele.
Do all varicoceles require treatment?
Varicoceles in certain conditions might never require treatment. But, if it causes pain, swelling and discomfort, infertility or testicular atrophy, it would require medical attention.
Does varicocele cause sexual weakness?
After surgery, the veins will no longer be connected to the rest of the body and will no longer cause pain or harm to sperm production.
How long does it take for veins to disappear after Varicocelectomy?
It takes about 3-4 weeks for a vein to completely disappear after a varicocelectomy.
Every surgery at Pristyn Care is done using the most advanced and USFDA-approved medical technology and equipment. Being one of the leading health tech startups in India, dedicated to simplifying the surgical experience of every patient, we provide end-to-end facilities to our patients and give complete assistance in their treatment journey. Pristyn Care ensures that a patient has a care-filled and hassle-free experience. You can book an appointment and get in touch with our doctors virtually from the comfort of your home or anywhere by dialing on the given numbers or by filling up the ‘Book Appointment’ form below.
During the initial consultation, the doctor will have a detailed discussion with you and will carry out a diagnosis of your condition. After a thorough assessment, the doctor will come up with the best treatment plan for you and take you through all the necessary steps to get your varicocele treated in the most effective and efficient way.