Daniel Johnson, B.Sc.
If you're considering varicocelectomy (varicocele surgery) 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: 10 Things to Consider Before Going Under the Knife
1. Risk of hydrococele formation: Surgery causes localized inflammation and may also impair re-uptake of fluids that contribute to hydrocele formation.
2. Risk of persistent varicocele (recurrent varicocele): Varicocele surgery does not fix the root-cause of varicocele, causes localized inflammation, and ligates/removes the swollen testicular veins--sparing only few veins to continue circulation. All of these increase the risk of varicocele re-developing after surgery.
3. Genitofemoral nerve injury: During surgical operation, there is always a risk of severing or damaging nerves. Genitofemoral nerve injury is common during varicocelectomy. This can cause cremaster muscle dysfunction and persistent neurogenic pain.
4. The NNT of varicocelectomy is 5.7! This means that 87% of men who undergo the knife do not attain a pregnancy benefit.
5. Scarring at incision site: The procedure may result in scarring, which can be cosmetically unappealing.
6. Results vary based on surgical skill & surgery type: Varicocelectomy treatment outcomes vary greatly based on the surgeon's skill, training type, and the surgerical method used.
7. Persistent or new pain symptoms: Surgery may not be effective at alleviating varicocele pain.
8. 90% "technical" success rate: 10% of cases, there is a technical failure where the surgeon cannot access, locate, or ligate the swollen testicular veins. 90% technical success rate does not mean that your symptoms are going to recover, heal, or alleviate. This does not mean that you will have a successful pregnancy.
9. General Anesthesia: Varicocelectomy requires the use of anesthesia, which carries its own risks and can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, postoperative delirium, postoperative cognitive dysfunction, etc.
10. Cost: Varicocelectomy can be expensive, especially if you do not have insurance coverage or if you have a high deductible.
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