Varicocele Embolization

While many venous conditions commonly impact aging patients, a varicocele is unique in that it primarily affects men between the ages of 15 and 25.

 

That being said, relief is only one procedure away. Our team can easily and effectively identify the varicocele and use a minimally-invasive embolization treatment to eliminate the source of pain.

About Varicocele

A varicocele occurs when the veins within a man’s scrotum become enlarged as a result of poor or failing blood circulation. The longer the blood pools, the larger the scrotal veins will become. 

 

As a result, common symptoms of varicocele enlargement include: 

● Pain 

● Achiness

● Swelling 

● Decreased sperm production 

● Infertility 

● And more 

 

In particular, a varicocele is similar to that of varicose veins found in one’s legs.

 

About Varicocele Embolization

Varicocele embolization is a non-surgical treatment designed to block the flow of blood to the enlarged scrotal veins. 


Specifically, a small incision will be made in the patient’s upper thigh, through which the interventional radiologist will insert a catheter. Using x-ray technology — possibly in conjunction with injected dye — the radiologist will guide the catheter into the scrotum to reach the poorly-functioning valves. 


Once positioned properly, they will release a blocking agent through the catheter. This may be either in the form of small coils or medical liquid. As the blood is blocked, the overall blood flow will be rerouted through healthier veins nearby, thereby stopping the enlargement process and relieving the patient of their symptoms.