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Varicocele

Effective, non-surgical treatment

Varicoceles are enlarged, varicose veins in a man’s scrotum.  While many men may not talk about it openly, varicoceles are very common.  Approximately 10-15% of the male population is affected by this condition.  

Small or asymptomatic varicoceles may not require treatment.  But for men that have large varicoceles that cause pain, testicular atrophy or shrinking, and infertility, there are surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

Our experienced physicians at Sound Vascular can treat varicoceles using varicocele embolization, a highly effective non-surgical treatment.

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Varicocele

What it is:
A varicocele is a varicose vein of the testicle and scrotum.  Like varicose veins in the legs, varicoceles are caused by weakened valves in the gonadal vein which causes pooling of blood or backward flow of blood through the vein.  Some men do not have symptoms, while others may experience pain or infertility.

Symptoms:

  • Testicular pain
  • Testicular atrophy (shrinking)
  • Infertility

Diagnosis:
An experienced physician can often detect a varicocele on physical exam.  Varicoceles can be confirmed with an ultrasound or venogram.

Interventional Radiology Treatment for Varicocele

Varicocele Embolization - Embolization is a highly effective, non-surgical treatment for varicoceles. 

A specially trained physician, using imaging for guidance, inserts a catheter into the femoral vein in the groin and guides it to the testicular vein.  The physician then inserts a sclerosing agent, similar to what is used in the treatment of varicose veins, to close the varicosed vein and relieve the pressure.  Once the vein is embolized, blood flow will redirect to other pathways.