Varicocelectomy: Varicocele surgery is done to remove swollen veins inside the scrotum. Read more to know about varicocele surgery side effects at Indira IVF.
Varicocelectomy is a surgical procedure performed on males to treat a condition called varicocele. Veins in the scrotum may sometimes get enlarged and swollen. It leads to poor blood flow to the testicles as blood starts pooling in the veins. This may lead to infertility due to low sperm production and decreased sperm quality. There is no medication to treat the said condition, and therefore surgery is often the only option. Varicocelectomy is aimed at restoring proper blood flow to the testicles by surgically treating the swollen blood vessels.
Most of the time, varicoceles do not cause any symptoms except for enlarged veins. In such a case, doctors do not recommend surgery to avoid any risks and complications related to the surgical procedure. However, patients who feel persistent pain in the scrotum and/or infertility may be recommended varicocele surgery or Varicocelectomy.
Additional symptoms may arise due to varicoceles like decreased testosterone leading to decreased sex drive or weight gain. In such a case also, doctors may recommend Varicocelectomy. In general, varicoceles develop on the left side of the scrotum in the teenage years. They may grow with age. Varicoceles that may develop on the right side of the scrotum may sometimes be a sign of a tumour. If that is the case, doctors will recommend surgery. Therefore, any grown healthy male who suffers from disruptive symptoms due to varicoceles is a good candidate for Varicocelectomy.
A varicocelectomy surgery entails cutting the enlarged veins in the scrotum and then closing off the ends. This procedure can be done via laparoscopic surgery or a microsurgical varicocelectomy.
It is mostly an outpatient procedure, and patients can usually go home the same day. Here are the following important details to know regarding the procedure:
Before the surgery:
During the surgery:
The patient will be shifted to a recovery room and observed for 1-2 hours.
Most of the recovery happens at home since patients are discharged the same day. Patients may be advised to avoid sex for a few weeks, lifting heavy things, contact with water, and putting extra strain while urinating. Patients will be prescribed pain medication and may also keep ice packs to help with the swelling and pain. Complete recovery usually happens in about two weeks.
Following recovery, patients may get their sperm count checked to see any improvement in sperm production post-surgery.
During the recovery period, patients may keep an eye out for any varicocele surgery side effects.
All surgical procedures may have side effects and carry the risk of complications. Like any surgical procedure, there may be some side effects. Side effects of a varicocelectomy procedure may include the following:
Any prolonged or intense symptoms from the above after the surgery must be immediately consulted with the doctor.
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