What is Varicocele
Varicocele is an enlarged vein in the scrotum, usually on the left side. The testes produce sperm and male hormones. Varicose veins, including varicoceles, occur because of an increase in water pressure in the veins.
Varicose veins usually occur in the legs and lower parts of the body, where there is the greatest fluid pressure. For the same reason, they also occur in the testicles. About 10 percent of all men have a varicocele. Most of the time, it is harmless. But in a significant number of men, the varicocele seems to cause diminished fertility, and in others, it can cause pain.
Symptoms of Varicocele
- Diminished Fertility
- A dull constant ache in the testicle
- Feeling of heaviness in the testicle
- shrinkage of the testicle
Treatment of Varicocele
Varicocele pain may subside permanently and as mysteriously as it began or may become a chronic problem.
- For mild symptoms scrotal support or an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug might be recommended
- If the pain persists, surgery is usually recommended where the surgeon ties off the main trunk of the veins above the varicocele.
Each of the procedures has a small failure rate of about 5 percent. That is, the varicocele persists or comes back. This may require a repeat procedure to solve the problem.
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