Varicocele Treatment in Marietta, GA
What is a varicocele?
Similar to varicose veins or hemorrhoids, varicoceles are badly functioning and enlarge veins around the testicles. When varicoceles are large, they may feel like a “bag of worms” in the scrotum.
Nearly 15-20% of adolescents and adult males have varicoceles. These are generally benign, meaning they are not harmful to men. However, there are a few symptoms and reasons to treat varicoceles.
Symptoms of a varicocele
While most men may never notice any symptoms of a varicocele, some men complain of pain in the scrotum or testicle.
If you have pain in the scrotum with standing, activities, or sports, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kapadia for evaluation of a varicocele.
If you have a low sperm count or abnormal sperm findings, a varicocele may be the cause of male infertility.
Diagnosing a varicocele
The most common way to diagnose a varicocele is through a physical exam. In some men, a scrotum ultrasound may also be helpful in finding a varicocele. If you are having difficulty fathering a child, Dr. Kapadia will perform a thorough physical exam to check for a varicocele.
Reasons to treat a varicocele
Generally, there are 3 reasons to treat or repair a varicocele:
- Pain in the testicle or scrotum
- Male fertility issues: low sperm counts, poor motility or shape of the sperm
- Varicocele affecting size of the testicle
In men with fertility issues, a varicocele repair can improve chances of natural pregnancy as well as chances of IUI or IVF success.
In men with pain, a varicocele repair can cure or improve pain in the scrotum or testicle.
Varicocele Repair Surgery with Dr. Kapadia
As the leader in male fertility and varicocele surgery at Wellstar, Dr. Kapadia is one of the highest volume surgeons for microsurgical varicocele repair, which is the gold standard surgery for varicoceles. A very small cut is made in the groin, through which the entire operation is performed in about 30 minutes. The veins from your testicle are visualized using an operating microscope. Taking great care to identify and avoid injury to the important structures, the dilated veins are identified and permanently tied off to stop the poor blood flow.
After your surgery, you will have stitches and skin glue over the small cut. The stitches will dissolve on their own. Complete recovery from this surgery takes only about 7 days, during which you will be asked to avoid any sexual activity.
Improvement in pain can take 6-8 weeks. Improvement in sperm quality can take at least 3 months and up to 8 months.