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About Varicocele

When the veins in the scrotum enlarge, the condition is known as Varicocele. It usually occurs during puberty and resolves itself, but if it doesn't, it can Varicocele affects sperm production and function that can potentially reduce fertility. Out of a hundred males, ten to fifteen have varicocele. Varicoceles are found to be more common on the left side of the scrotum as the male anatomy is not the same on both sides.

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Overview

Varicocele
Varicocele in different languages:
  • Varicocele in Hindi: वेरीकोसील
  • Varicocele in Marathi: वैरिकासेल
  • Varicocele in Telugu: వరికోసెల్
  • Varicocele in Tamil: வெரிகோசெல்
  • Varicocele in Malayalam: വെരിക്കോസെലെ
Foods to avoid with varicocele:
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Added sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Canned foods
  • Too much salt
ICD-10 code for varicocele
  • ICD-10 code for perineum varicocele - I86.3
  • ICD-10 code for spermatic cord - I86.1
Complications of untreated varicocele:
  • Infertility
  • Low testosterone production
  • Shrinking testicle or testicular atrophy
Why Pristyn Care for varicocele treatment?
  • Highly experienced vascular surgeons
  • Flexible payment options
  • Assistance in insurance claim
  • USFDA-approved treatments
  • Free-follow up consultation
  • Free transportation on the day of the surgery
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Treatment

Diagnosis

The health care professional uses your medical history, a physical exam, blood and imaging tests to diagnose fluid in the testicles. Blood tests and ultrasonography may also be asked by the doctor to confirm the reason for swelling.

  • Physical exam- During the physical examination, the doctor checks for tenderness.
  • Semen analysis and hormone tests- This is used to detect Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and low testosterone.
  • Scrotal ultrasound- In scrotal ultrasound, high frequency is used to create images of the scrotum. It allows the doctor to ensure there isn’t another reason for the symptoms.

Procedure

  • Percutaneous embolization- In this procedure, the radiologist injects into the veins through a tube with X-Ray guidance. It is performed under the influence of anesthesia through a small hole in the groins.
  • Surgery- The most-effective treatment for curing a varicocele is laparoscopic surgery. This is done when the varicocele causes discomfort or the doctor feels there is a risk of infertility. A small incision is made in the abdomen or upper thigh. After that, using ultrasound and surgical equipment, they close the affected veins to reroute the blood through other unaffected veins. The doctor then applies a dressing to the site of the incision. This is known as varicocelectomy. The whole procedure is performed under the influence of anesthesia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cure varicocele with exercise?

Kegel exercise can help in reducing the severity of varicocele. However, they can not effectively cure or eliminate varicoceles forever.

Can Varicocele heal on its own?

Generally, varicocele occurs after puberty and can disappear if they are caused due to hormonal changes. However, in some cases, it does not resolve and needs medical/surgical treatment for relief. When you start noticing the symptoms, contact a vascular specialist doctor with delay.

How to cure varicocele at home?

There are several methods that can manage the symptoms of varicocele at home. However, surgical procedure is the only effective method to treat varicocele. Some of the home remedies for varicocele are:

  • Applying ice – Applying cold ice packs on the scrotum can help relieve the pain
  • Routine changes – Avoiding certain activities such as wearing tight undergarments or food that can trigger discomfort must be avoided.
  • OTC medications – Several pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can reduce the pain around the testicles
Who treats varicocele?

A vascular surgeon can diagnose and treat varicocele. Contact Pristyn Care to consult with some of the top vascular surgeons in Purulia. Our vascular specialists have an excellent track record that ensures a very high success rate.

How long does it take to recover from varicocelectomy?

Patients who have undergone varicocelectomy can usually resume their daily routine within 2-3 days after the surgery. Varicocelectomy is an outpatient surgery which means the patient can go home within 24 hours of the surgery after consulting with the doctor. There may be mild swelling, redness, and discomfort, which can be reduced in 2-3 weeks by prescribing medication. However, complete recovery from varicocelectomy may take 4-6 weeks.

Possible complications of varicocelectomy surgery:

Varicocelectomy is a safe procedure that ensures effective results within the first 2 weeks after the surgery. However, like any other surgery, there are possible complications associated with the procedure that usually depends on the severity of the condition and the surgical expertise of the surgeon. Pristyn Care ensures comprehensive treatment and post-surgery care for a smooth and quick recovery. Potential risks of varicocelectomy include:

  • Injury to the testicle
  • Bleeding
  • Reaction to the anesthesia administered during surgery
  • Chances of recurrence
  • Infection
  • Blood clots in the legs

Recovery after varicocelectomy:

Patients who undergo varicocelectomy treatment are given a set of instructions from the hospital or your doctor after the surgery to allow smooth and faster recovery. We have a team of highly skilled vascular surgeons with years of experience performing complex varicocelectomy surgeries with great precision.

Our surgeons are fully trained to perform surgeries using cutting-edge technology for a very high success rate. Doctors at Pristyn Care provide medications and dietary restrictions after the surgery to reduce the discomfort during recovery duration. There are a few tips that may help during your recovery process:

  • Take adequate rest after the surgery for at least 2-3 days.
  • Lie down gently as much as you can to minimize swelling.
  • Keep the wound dry by patting the towel on it after the shower.
  • Avoid strenuous activities like sports, weight lifting, or swimming.
  • Avoid sexual activity for at least 2-3 weeks after the surgery.
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