Laparoscopic Varicocelectomy

Laparoscopic Varicocelectomy

February 17, 2020

Varicocelectomy is surgery to repair a varicocele. A varicocele is swelling of veins in the scrotum. A varicocele can cause pain or a heavy feeling in the scrotum but is usually painless. It can also cause problems with fertility. During the surgery, the swollen veins are cut and the ends are closed off. Other veins in the groin area then take over carrying the blood supply. The surgery may be done with a method called laparoscopy or through open surgery. During laparoscopy, a thin, lighted tube or scope (called a laparoscope) is used. The scope allows the doctor to work through a few small incisions.

The day of surgery

This surgery takes around 1 hours. You’ll likely go home the same day.

Before the surgery begins:

During the surgery:

After the surgery

You’ll be taken to a recovery room to rest until the anesthesia wears off. You may feel sleepy and nauseated. If a breathing tube was used, your throat might be sore at first. You’ll be given medicines to manage any pain.

Recovering at home

Follow all the instructions you’ve been given. Make sure to:

Follow-up care

You’ll have follow-up visits so your doctor can check how well you’re healing. If your stitches or staples need to be removed, this will likely be done in 7 days. If you’re concerned about your fertility, a sample of your semen can be checked in about 3 to 4 months. This helps see if the number and quality of your sperm have improved.

Risks and complications

Risks and possible complications include:

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