Varicocele Embolization

A varicocele is an enlarged and lengthened vein in the scrotum. It can cause pain, swelling and infertility. Symptoms include pain, especially after sitting or standing for a long time. Your doctor can typically confirm the presence of a varicocele with a physical exam and a follow-up ultrasound examination. Varicocele embolization safely relieves that pain and swelling and may improve sperm quality for infertile couples.

Varicocele embolization is performed by one of our interventional radiologists in the hospital. The radiologist guides a catheter into the femoral artery located in the groin area and maneuvers it to the arteries supplying the scrotum. Then a contrast dye is injected to allow the radiologist to use live imaging to visualize the pathways to the abnormal vein. Tiny particles are used to block the vein and direct blood to healthy veins. Blood flow is diverted and reduces the swelling and pressure.

Varicocele Embolization consultations are available at the following Advanced Radiology locations

Call to Schedule: 203-386-3164

Stratford – 2876 Main Street

Preparation

Varicocele embolization is an inpatient procedure so you will stay overnight in the hospital. After the procedure, most men experience some pain, and you will be provided medications to control pain and swelling. You can resume normal activities that don’t involve heavy lifting or straining. You can resume heavier activities four weeks following the procedure.

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight (12:00 a.m.) the night before your exam. No breakfast or water in the morning. No aspirin or blood thinners to be taken 5 days prior to the procedure.

Bring all medications with you to the hospital.

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