Mr. Daniel Johnson, B.Sc.
I've had many clients with horror stories. Recently one that made me very upset was when I was contacted by a teenager from India. He was a 19-year-old boy. He had already undergone 3 operations: Two surgeries and one embolization. And guess what: He didn't even have pain before his first operation, but now, he has permanent pain. Unfortunately, I told him that I likely can't help him. These procedures have risks and developing permanent, chronic pain is possible. I gave him a copy of my books and yoga series for free and offered to advise him in his treatment--free of charge. My treatments are helpful for those who have previously undergone surgery, but, 3 operations at 19? Who knows how it will go.
Maybe you should start by assessing your lifestyle, environmental and physiological risk factors--not at a surgeon that makes over $10,000 for a 1-hour operation. Now, I'm not saying that all surgeons are bad. Just that business of surgery gains massive benefit from skewing the evidence to its side.
Think about how big the market is. About 15% of Americans have varicocele, 3-5% of whom have infertility. This equals approximately 25,000,000 men with varicoceles in just the United States and accounts for a $300,000,000.00/year varicocelectomy market. That is a lot of money! We're not even discussing the over-prescription and abusive practices in countries like India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia.
Want to hear something crazy? Simply cooling your testicles at night by just 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) leads to vast improvements in various sperm parameters (sperm count, concentration, mobility, and morphology) . The crazy thing is that—this is better than surgical results. Read the facts!!! Now, as it turns out, you also need to perform a few other natural treatments along with cooling to get the best results.
No one seems to be asking the critical question: Is varicocele surgery a cure or just another treatment method? And the fact is that surgery is not a cure. It is merely a treatment method for varicocele. In my opinion, other, safer and more effective treatments do exist. Practice your right to informed consent. Get the facts on surgery.
Alternative Treatments (Better than Surgery!)
Before considering surgery, you need to know the NNT, and the complete list of benefits vs risks.
In order to repair a varicocele the following criteria should be fulfilled 1:
Is Varicocele Surgery a Cure?
Varicocele surgery is not a cure. It is simply another treatment method for varicocele.
Meet Your New Best Friend
Your new best friend is the term Number Needed to Treat (NNT). The NNT is statistic used in to communicate the effectiveness of a health-care intervention. The NNT is the average number of patients who need to be treated to produce one positive outcome.
What Your Surgeon Won't Tell You:
What do you think the NNT is for varicocelectomy? It's 7 [1, 2]. That means for every 7 men who undergo varicocele surgery, only 1 additional pregnancy is attained. That's only 14%. Only 14% of men who undergo varicocelectomy attain a benefit. Is that a cure? I think not. Good physicians generally do not recommend varicocelectomy. Actually, many scientific publications have found that varicocele surgery is not effective at all for improving pregnancy rates! [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8].
Oh and the the benefits of varicocelectomy for pain relief is simply questionable and not recommended. There is simply too little research done on the topic.
Now, maybe that doesn't sound so bad to you... But if you consider the fact that you're more likely to suffer from severe negative side effects than to attain a benefit, then things get put into perspective. And the potential side effects are very serious. We're talking about hydrocele formation, onset of pain (which can be permanent), testicular loss due to artery rupture, internal bleeding, and persistent recurrent varicocele to name a few. (Comprehensive: Surgery risks & benefits).
The benefits may be uncertain, but the risks are very real. Now, would you even consider surgery knowing all this?
Embolization Isn't An Alternative
If you thought the NNT for varicocelectomy was bad, you won't even want to know what the NNT for embolization is... Well, I'll tell you anyway: It's 17.  That's right--for every 17 men who undergo embolization, only 1 additional pregnancy is attained. That's 6%. And embolization isn't a low risk procedure. You're looking at up to 30% varicocele recurrence rate (depending on the skill of your radiologist and which side you treat). (Comprehensive: Embolization risks & benefits).
Why My Treatments ARE The Best.
Now, keep in mind that there is no cure for varicocele.
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