Laparoscopic varicocele treatment
A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins of the spermatic cord. The anatomic differences between the left and right renal veins predispose to the development of a varicocele on the left side.
In some men, the varicocele can lead to the poorer development of the affected testicle and can cause it to shrink. Later, it can negatively affect fertility.
Varicoceles are treated surgically by either sclerotherapy or laparoscopic varicocele ligation.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, 3 small incisions measuring up to 1 cm are placed: one at the belly button and two in the groin area. With the help of laparoscopic instruments, the abnormal veins are identified, separated from the surrounding tissue, and ligated with special clips.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
After the surgery, sometimes the scrotum can be swollen due to the gas that passed during the procedure. The swelling usually subsides within a few days.
After the surgery, abdominal pain or pain radiating to the area above the collarbones can be experienced due to the gas used to inflate the abdominal cavity during laparoscopy.