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Varicocele Embolization

Varicocele is a condition in men in which there is reflux or abnormal blood flow through the veins or blood vessels that carry blood away from the testicles. This causes veins in the scrotum to engorge and causes the scrotum to enlarge with these veins. This is usually more notable on the left side of the scrotum although either side could be affected. Patients complain of symptoms of chronic, dull aching pain in the scrotum. The pain is made worse by prolonged standing and at the end of the day. This can also lead to male infertility.

Interventional Radiology Specialists, Inc. offers a minimally invasive treatment for varicocele known as testicular vein embolization or gonadal vein embolization. In this procedure, a small needle stick is made in the blood vessel of the groin or neck to allow passage of a small tube or catheter. The catheter is navigated through the blood vessels and into the testicular vein. Small coils or chemicals are injected through the catheter and into the blood vessels. This eliminates the reflux in the veins and causes the engorged veins to shrink. This reduces pain and improves fertility. The procedure is usually performed on an out patient basis, and the patients are discharged the same day. Some patients have mild pelvic or scrotal pain after the procedure.

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