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Microsurgical Varicocele Ligation

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Varicoceles are common. Up to 15% of men who have fathered children will have varicoceles or dilated veins of the spermatic cord of the testes. These usually occur on the left side of the body and therefore on the left testicle.

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Microsurgical Varicocele Ligation

Microsurgical varicocele ligation is a procedure performed using a high-powered operating microscope. The procedure aims to eliminate varicoceles or large, diluted veins of the spermatic cord in the testicles.

A varicocele is a large vein that forms in one or both testicles. The veins become large due to the pooling of blood. This can become painful and unsightly.

Males suffering from varicoceles will most likely experience the condition on the left side of the body or the left testicle. Varicoceles can cause a dragging, heavy sensation in the testicles. Suffers may also feel aches and pains in the scrotum. Pain can occur after long periods of standing.

Prior to the procedure

The cause of varicoceles is unknown. Men can suffer issues with their kidneys due to varicoceles.

The standard way to remove varicoceles from patients is through a microsurgical varicocele ligation procedure. This can provide men with pain relief.

Doctors will grade a patient’s varicoceles based on their size. Size is graded between 1 and 3 with largest or most visible being given the higher number.

Varicoceles often occur in men with fertility issues. Currently, experts are split on whether fixing varicoceles help fertility in patients.

What does the procedure involve?

An incision is made in the scrotum and the spermatic cord is dissected. It is here that the abnormal veins are discovered. The veins will be dissected and tied off to drain blood away from the testicles.

There can be several complications with the procedure. The microsurgical varicocele ligation approach can minimise the complications patients face.

Recovery

Patients may suffer from pain in their groin for three to six weeks following microsurgical varicocele ligation. The scrotum may bruise and swell. This can last up to four weeks.

On average, men who experience the procedure will return to work in three days. Jobs in which men perform physical activity will most likely remain out of work for a week.

Swelling and pain can be reduced by applying ice to the affected area. In addition, men may choose to wear snug fitting underpants to hold the scrotum in place. Patients may take over the counter painkillers to reduce swelling and pain.

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One of the UK’s most eminent andrologists

Mr Suks Minhas is widely regarded as a leader in the field of men’s health. With specialist interest and expertise in areas including male fertility and erectile dysfunction, penile and testicular cancers and male urology, he sees patients from all over the UK covering a vast range of concerns.

Mr Suks Minhas

Mr Suks Minhas is widely regarded as a leader in the field of men’s health. With specialist interest and expertise in areas including male fertility and erectile dysfunction, penile and testicular cancers and male urology, he sees patients from all over the UK covering a vast range of concerns.

Contact Mr Suks Minhas

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