How do we diagnose a varicocele?
A consultation and examination in clinic is essential to diagnose a varicocele. This consultation and assessment will be with one our specialist Urologists.
A varicocele is usually diagnosed by inspection of your scrotum. An ultrasound examination may also be performed.
This assessment will take around twenty to thirty minutes including an explanation of your condition and recommendations on how to treat the varicocele.
You may find that no treatment is recommended at all. Not all varicoceles need to be treated. However, if your varicocele does require surgery we will be able to help.
The procedure to treat a varicocele is performed under general anaesthetic, this means you will be asleep throughout the whole procedure. It was take around one hour and you will be able to go home on the same day.
During the surgery, the Urologist will redirect the blood flow from the vein that is enlarged and redirect blood flow to other veins. This is performed through a very small incision.
After Varicocele Surgery
You should arrange some time off work , depending on the type of work that you do. If your job is not physical then up to one week off is usually sufficient. You must avoid sporting activities, gym and all sexual activity for around six weeks. It will take about six weeks for everything to heal.
You will have some pain and discomfort after the surgery. This is usually well controlled by pain relief medication that will be given to you upon discharge from the hospital. You will also take a course of antibiotics for one week.
You will need to avoid taking baths for a couple of weeks until the healing process is well underway. take showers at first. Don’t drive until you are comfortable sitting at the wheel, this may take a few days.
In most cases dissolvable stitches are used which will fall out on their own. Do not be tempted to pull them out. Let them fall out on their own. You may have some swelling and bruising of the scrotum at first, this is perfectly normal and to be expected. You can apply an ice pack to help with swelling in the first week. Apply the ice pack for ten minutes at time. Make sure that you do not apply ice directly to the kin, Wrap the ice in a paper towel first.
The next step
If you think you may have a varicocele that is causing you pain and discomfort, then get in touch with us today. We can arrange a consultation with one of our specialist Urologists in a clinic near you, to confirm a diagnosis and discuss your treatment options.