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Varicocele

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An enlarged vein within the scrotum is called a varicocele. These abnormal veins can put pressure on sperm tubules and other structures in the testicle, causing symptoms like:

  • Infertility 
  • Pain in the scrotum that can get worse over the day, but gets better if you lie down
  • Shrunken testicle
  • Swollen testicle

Many varicoceles don’t need treatment and will go away on their own. When necessary, experts at the University of Miami Health System can perform minimally invasive procedures to treat this condition and help restore fertility.

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Treatments

  • Infertility

    If you don’t have pain or infertility, you may not need treatment for a varicocele. You and your doctor will monitor the varicocele for any changes.

  • Surgery

    Your urologist can repair a varicocele by making an incision in your groin or abdomen. They will use a special microscope to examine the vein and repair the varicocele. 

  • Percutaneous Embolization

    During this minimally invasive procedure, your doctor inserts special tools through a small incision in your groin. They use a solution to block the affected vein in the testicle, which redirects blood flow and allows the varicocele to shrink.


Tests

  • Physical Exam

    Your doctor will examine your testicles for enlarged veins.

  • Ultrasound

    Your doctor may use ultrasound to examine the veins in your testicles. Ultrasound is painless and creates an image of the inside of your testes. 

Accepted Insurances

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