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A varicocele is a condition where the veins inside the scrotum (the bag of skin that contains the testicles) become enlarged. A varicocele may be compared to a varicose vein found in a person's leg. In some cases, a varicocele may cause low sperm counts or poor quality sperm. Varicoceles may also cause shrinkage of the testicles. While surgery is an option, this is generally avoided unless severe pain is involved or there are infertility issues. To learn more about a varicocele and available treatments for it, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

What are the symptoms of a varicocele?

Typical symptoms of this condition are that the affected side of the scrotum may feel warmer and heavier. It is usually rare for a varicocele to cause pain. In most cases, there is no need for pain medication aside from ibuprofen which will also help with the inflammation.

What is the cost for varicocele surgery?

In many cases, a man may wish to have a varicocele surgery to alleviate the pain. However, many people are not aware that there is a 60% chance that the pain may still remain after surgery. As for the cost, a varicocele surgery may cost between $3000-5000 depending upon the specialist who performs it and where it is done.

Can a varicocele go away on its own?

Varicoceles can appear and go away on their own. Generally, the only reason a doctor may choose to operate on one is if there are problems related to infertility or if the patient is experiencing pain. If one has considered surgery but has noticed the pain diminishing, canceling the surgery may help. Also, there are potential risks involved with a varicocele surgery. For example, the coil used during the surgery may break and travel to the heart causing severe arrhythmias of the heart.

Can a varicocele cause hematuria?

Varicoceles do not usually cause hematuria. A hematuria is usually related to an infection or cancer of the prostate, stones or tumors in the kidney, or sometimes urethra or bladder related tumors. To diagnose this properly, patients usually take a CT scan of the pelvis and abdomen as well as a cystoscopy to check for stones or other issues such as cancer.

While a varicocele is commonly seen in men, some men are affected differently by this condition. In certain cases, the simple fact that the appearance of the testicle is affected is enough to warrant surgery for some. However, surgery is generally a last resort to alleviate pain or improve a man's fertility. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a varicocele, ask an Expert for medical insight and suggestions for proper treatment.
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