Daniel Johnson, B.Sc.
If you're considering varicocelectomy to alleviate your varicocele symptoms and boost your fertility, it's important to be fully informed about the potential drawbacks of the surgery. In this article, we'll go over 20 potential drawbacks of varicocelectomy to help you make an informed decision. From risks of complications and pain to the cost and effectiveness of the procedure, we've got you covered. Keep reading to learn more!
Varicocelectomy: 20 Things to Consider Before Going Under the Knife
1. Risk of complications: Like any surgical procedure, varicocelectomy carries a risk of complications, such as bleeding, infection, or damage to surrounding tissues.
2. Pain and discomfort: The procedure can be painful, and you may experience discomfort during the recovery period.
3. Scarring: The procedure may result in scarring, which can be cosmetically unappealing.
4. Recovery time: Varicocelectomy typically requires a few weeks of recovery time, during which you may need to take time off work or other activities.
5. Anesthesia: The procedure requires the use of anesthesia, which carries its own risks and can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
6. Risk of damage to the spermatic cord: There is a risk of damage to the spermatic cord (the structure that carries sperm and blood to the testicles) during the procedure.
7. Cost: Varicocelectomy can be expensive, especially if you do not have insurance coverage or if you have a high deductible.
8. Not always effective: Varicocelectomy may not always be effective in relieving varicocele symptoms or improving fertility.
9. Risk of recurrence: There is a risk that the varicocele could return after the surgery.
10. Loss of sensation: There is a risk of loss of sensation in the scrotum or testicles after the surgery.
11. Risk of testicular atrophy: There is a risk of testicular atrophy (shrinking of the testicles) after the surgery.
12. Damage to vas deferens: There is a small risk of damage to the vas deferens during the varicocelectomy, which can include inflammation, scarring, and obstruction and impact sperm transport (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1478967/).
13. Varicocelectomy is a surgical procedure that is used to treat varicocele, a condition that affects the veins in the scrotum and can cause symptoms such as pain, swelling, and a feeling of heaviness.
14. Loss of testicular function: There is a risk of loss of testicular function (ability to produce hormones and sperm) after the surgery, although this is very rare.
15. Risk of sterilization: If the procedure results in the removal of the testicles, it can result in sterilization (inability to have children).
17. Alternative treatment options: There may be alternative treatment options available that do not require surgery, such as varicocele underwear or medications. It is always a good idea to discuss all treatment options with a healthcare provider before making a decision.
18. Risk of bleeding: There is a risk of bleeding during or after the procedure, which may require additional treatment or another surgery.
19. Risk of long-term side effects: There is a risk of long-term side effects after the procedure, such as chronic pain or discomfort, although this is rare.
20. Erectile dysfunction: There is a risk of erectile dysfunction (difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection) after the surgery, although this is also rare.
Non-Invasive Options for Varicocele Relief: Natural Treatments
If you're a man looking for a solution to your varicocele but are hesitant to go under the knife, natural treatments may be the perfect option for you. These types of treatments, such as varicocele underwear, are non-invasive, meaning you won't have to worry about the risks associated with surgery like bleeding, infection, or complications from anesthesia.
Natural treatments may also be more budget-friendly compared to surgery and can be easily incorporated into your daily routine without the need for time off work or other activities. On top of all that, natural treatments for varicocele may be just as effective as surgery in relieving your symptoms and improving your fertility.
1. "The effectiveness of non-surgical treatments for varicocele: a systematic review: (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5958324/) - This systematic review of 21 studies found that non-surgical treatments, including pharmacological and physical therapies, can be effective in improving sperm quality and reducing varicocele symptoms in men.
2. "Varicocele and male infertility: a review" (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5095112/) - This review of the literature concludes that varicocele is a significant cause of male infertility and that both surgical and non-surgical treatments can be effective in improving fertility outcomes. However, the authors note that non-surgical treatments may be preferred due to their lower risk of complications and cost.
3. "A comparison of varicocelectomy versus non-surgical management for varicocele-related male infertility: a systematic review and meta-analysis" (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6677237/) - This meta-analysis of 12 studies found that both surgical and non-surgical treatments can be effective in improving sperm quality and pregnancy rates in men with varicocele. However, the authors note that non-surgical treatments may be a reasonable first-line treatment option due to their lower risk of complications and cost.
So why not give natural treatments a try and see if they work for you? Remember to always consult with a healthcare provider before making a treatment decision.
Quick Reference - Varicocelectomy Side-Effects Risk Rates:
What is Varicocele?
Varicocele is swollen testicle veins. Simply, when blood pools and does not circulate well, it pressurizes the veins, enlarging them. These enlarged veins are called varicose veins. Varicose veins that affect the pampiniform veins of the plexus of the testicles is called varicocele.
What is the Root-Cause of Varicocele?
The medical community sees varicocele as an ideopathic disease. This means that they do not know what causes it. I have found that they also really do not care to find out what causes varicocele to develop. 99.9% of scientific research on varicocele is on Varicocele Surgery or Embolization. Why not search for the root-cause?
Varicocele: What the Science Conviniently Ignores:
We at Varicocele Healing see varicocele as a complex disease that is caused by a mixture of poor lifestyle, environmental toxicities, and pathophysiology. Our approach to varicocele treatment is not to cut out the veins, but to identify why they became swollen in the first place. We emphasize that the most important part of an effective treatment is accurate diagnosis. Once you diagnose the exact root-causes, then you can effectively follow treatment protocols for them.
Now, we do also recognize that varicocele is a disease in itself. Meaning that once varicocele develops, the toxic blood pooling damages the vein wall and vein valves. This means that varicocele makes itself worse over time. It is a positive-feedback loops disease. That is why varicocele is called a progressive disease that worsens with time. So, yes, we do 100% recognize the value of varicose vein and varicocele treatments for varicocele treatment.
Varicocele "Caused" Infertility
85% of men with primary infertility have varicocele! This is why varicocele is called the number one cause of male infertility. However, unlike the medical community, we think that it is actually the other way around! It is Not that varicocele causes infertility. It is that poor lifestyle, environmental toxins, and pathophysiology manifest themselves as varicocele and infertility in the male body. Or, you could also say--manifestation of poor testicular and vein health is varicocele and infertility in the male body.
Varicocele typically worsens if left untreated.
Varicocele is a progressive disease. Did you know that for every decade years of life, varicocele prevalence increases by 10% ? That means as we age, more and more of us develop varicoceles. By the age of 80, about 75 percent of men have varicocele! So, varicocele typically will not go away on its own and will likely worsen.
What happens if I do nothing?
Only about half of varicocele cases are asymptomatic. So, about half of the time, you won't need to worry. However, as we age are varicocele severity increases, the odds of developing negative side-effects also goes up. So, if you just wait, you're taking an unecissary risk. All honesty, I don't believe in leaving my fertility and testosterone to the same odds as a coin flip.
How can you make varicocele go away?
So, there are 3 real approaches to varicocele treatment right now:
Varicocele Surgery (Varicocelectomy)
So, it is important to note that varicocele surgery (varicocelectomy) is not a cure for varicocele. It is most accurately termed as an intervention. Varicocelectomy is an invasive operation that attemps to ligate the varicose veins of the scrotum. It is not a cure for the following reasons:
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Prercutaneous Embolization for Varicocele (Must Read!)
Embolization is like a sub-optmial and lower-resolution version of varicocelectomy. During varicocelectomy, the surgeon directly accesses and ligates the varicose veins of the scrotum. During embolization on the other hand, a radiologist typically enters the body though the right femoral vein and then with the aid of x-rays visualizes and blocks of general varicose vein regions.
It's not difficult to understand why surgery often has better outcome than embolization, and why would any man in their right mind want to live with coils in their testicular veins for the rest of their lives? You're also looking at a 10-30% chance of varioccele redevloping after embolization (versus 1-15% for varicocelectomy).
Here is a blog completely dedicated to being against varicocele embolization, with hundreds of men sharing their reviews.
Comprehensive analysis of costs and benefits of varicocele and embolization >
Varicocele Home Treatment
Now, I think the best option for varicocele treatment is home treatments. Here is why:
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