Up to 15% of men develop male varicoceles, which are enlarged veins in the scrotum. Though varicoceles rarely cause symptoms, they can affect male fertility and testicle growth. At Vascular and Interventional Associates, the team of board-certified vascular and interventional radiologists specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of male varicoceles. The team offers innovative treatments to correct the vein enlargement in men experiencing infertility, pain, or other related complications. To schedule an evaluation, contact the office of Crestview Hills, KY, Northern Kentucky, or Cincinnati, OH, by phone or book your visit online today.
Male Varicocoeles Q & A
What are male varicoceles?
Male varicoceles are enlarged veins that occur in your scrotal tissue. The enlargement of the vein develops due to a pooling of the blood in the vein that causes it to swell and twist like varicose veins that occur in the legs.
Male varicoceles often develop during puberty and more commonly affect the left scrotum. In most cases, male varicoceles are harmless, but they can cause pain and affect fertility.
What are the symptoms of a male varicocele?
You may not know you have the problem because varicoceles rarely cause symptoms. However, you may start to notice the vein as it grows in size over time.
For some men, male varicoceles may cause pain that may be dull or sharp and worsen throughout the day. Some men also experience pain from their enlarged veins when they’re engaged in physical activity.
Male varicoceles may also increase your risk of infertility. The veins in your scrotum maintain the proper temperature in your testicles for the production of high-quality sperm. If the veins aren’t working properly and the blood is pooling, it affects testicle temperature and sperm quality.
When should I seek medical care for a varicocele?
Though medical treatment isn’t always necessary for male varicoceles, you should seek an evaluation from the experts at Vascular and Interventional Associates if you’re experiencing scrotal pain or swelling. You should also seek medical help if you discover a lump or notice that your testicles aren’t the same size.
The team also recommends you schedule an evaluation if you’re struggling with infertility. The team conducts a comprehensive evaluation that may include a diagnostic vascular ultrasound to assess the affected veins.
How are male varicoceles treated?
The experienced providers at Vascular and Interventional Associates develop individualized treatment plans for male varicoceles based on your symptoms. In fact, treatment may not be necessary unless you’re experiencing:
- Abnormal testicle growth
- Poor semen quality
If you are having issues related to varicocoeles, the physicians at Vascular and Interventional Associates can treat your problem without surgery. Our physicians are the most experienced in the region in the use of minimally-invasive, image-guided embolization of testicular varicocoeles. Compared to open surgery, varicocoele embolization has a shorter recovery time, less pain, and less risk. The procedure is performed with moderate sedation, takes 30 minutes, and requires only a skin nick at the neck or groin. Patients go home the same day of the procedure.
To schedule an evaluation for your male varicoceles to discuss your treatment options, call Vascular and Interventional Associates or use the online booking tool.
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