Varicoceles is an abnormality in the veins that take blood away from the testicle. Varicocele will develop due to failure of one-way valves in the testicular vein causing revere flow of blood in these veins causing their enlargement and stretching in and around the testicles similar to varicose veins of the legs.
Treatment may be necessary if the varicocele is causing pain, discomfort, testicular atropy or infertility. It can be detected by clinical examination or color flow ultrasound.
If you have been diagnosed with a varicocele, you have more treatment option than you may have been told about. Imaging expertise enables Interventional radiologists to provide surgeons and their patients better diagnosis and non-surgical treatment options. A revolutionary newer procedure called varicocele embolisation is a non-surgical, safe and effective alternative to painful varicocele surgery. The study shows, sperm concentration improved in 83% of patients undergoing embolisation compared to 63% of those surgically ligated.
Advantages over surgery:
Many men choose this non-surgical alternative because it does not involve general anaesthesia, incision in the scrotum, or suture, lesser complications, less recovery time, both sides can be fixed at the same time and as effective as surgery.