What is varicocele embolization?
Varicocele embolization is an interventional radiology procedure used to treat symptomatic varicoceles in the scrotum. Varicoceles are enlarged veins in the scrotum that can cause pain, swelling, and infertility. Men may notice this problem because of visible lumps or twisted veins in the scrotum or because of a dull, recurring pain. Sometimes there are no symptoms and varicoceles are detected during a physical exam or an evaluation for male infertility.
During varicocele embolization, small coils are used to close enlarged gonadal veins which are the source of varicoceles. During the procedure, the interventional radiologist uses a contrast agent and fluoroscopic techniques to visualize blood vessels. The images can be viewed in real time making the procedure fast and effective. See the section Fluoroscopy for more information about this technique.
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Similar to varicose veins of the leg, varicoceles are abnormally large and elongated veins inside the scrotum. You may or may not have symptoms. Varicocele embolization is recommended for symptomatic varicoceles and to improve sperm quality for infertile couples. Conditions that might indicate the need for varicocele embolization include:
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