What is the meaning of bilateral varicocele?
A varicocele (VAR-ih-koe-seel) is an enlargement of the veins within the loose bag of skin that holds your testicles (scrotum). A varicocele is similar to a varicose vein you might see in your leg. Varicoceles are a common cause of low sperm production and decreased sperm quality, which can cause infertility.
What is embolization varicocele?
Varicocele embolization is a type of medical procedure. It diverts blood away from an enlarged vein in your scrotum. Such a vein is called a varicocele. It can cause pain, infertility, and swelling. A radiologist uses a coil or special agents to block (or embolize) the vein.
What are the stages of varicocele?
What is the “Grading” system for varicocele size?
|Grade I||Description Palpable (felt on exam) when the patient is performing the valsalva maneuver (“bearing down”)|
|Grade II||Description Palpable even without valsalva|
|Grade III||Description Varicocele causing visible deformity of the scrotum.|
What is grade I varicocele?
There are three grades of varicocele: Grade 1: The smallest type, this is not visible, but a physician can feel it if they use a Valsalva maneuver. Grade 2: This is not visible, but it can be felt without a Valsalva maneuver. Grade 3: The varicocele is visible.
What is the main cause of varicocele?
Varicocele Causes Varicoceles are believed to be caused by defective valves in the veins within the scrotum, just above the testicles. Normally, these valves regulate the flow of blood to and from the testicles. When normal flow doesn’t occur, the blood backs up, causing the veins to dilate (enlarge).
Is varicocele surgery risky?
Any surgery has some risk, such as bleeding and/or infection at the incision site. But there are also some major complications specific to varicocele surgery that you should be aware of: Varicocele recurrence can be due to incomplete blockage of the veins that are causing the varicocele.
Can I father a child with varicocele?
Some men with varicoceles have no trouble fathering children, while others experience reduced sperm count or limited motility (sperm movement, which makes it difficult for sperm to fertilize an egg).