Varicocele Treatment in Los Angeles
A varicocele is a common problem that affects about 15% of adult males. Without treatment, a varicocele may decrease sperm production or reduce sperm quality. Fortunately, treatment options do exist with high rates of success. With timely treatment, you can find relief from symptoms and restore fertility.
Comprehensive Urology is situated in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Kiarash Michel, MD, and his team of expert urologists regularly work with men to diagnose and treat varicoceles using safe, effective means. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
Varicocele Q & A
What is a varicocele?
A varicocele is a vascular condition that causes one or more of the veins in a man’s scrotum to swell and expand. Varicoceles can occur anywhere in the scrotum. However, they appear most commonly on the left side.
As a varicocele grows larger, it can affect sperm production and quality. In some cases, the condition also prevents the testicles from developing normally, causing them to shrink in size. If you’ve noticed an enlarged vein, it’s important to seek medical help promptly. Early intervention can prevent the need for surgery and preserve your fertility.
You can contact us via phone right away to get started on finding treatment. We focus on providing discrete and compassionate care for a range of conditions.
What are the symptoms of a varicocele?
Varicoceles affect every man differently. Early on, they don’t always present symptoms, but as swelling increases, you might experience:
- Sharp pain
- Dull throbbing
- Feelings of general discomfort
- Impaired fertility
- Relief when you lie down on your back
Pain caused by varicoceles usually gets worse throughout the day. It may also increase if you stand for long periods or participate in physical activity. If you experience any of these symptoms, we recommend contacting us right away. Even if it is not this condition, these could point to some other issue that requires treatment. In general, timely treatment will always be in your favor.
What causes a varicocele to form?
Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes varicoceles. However, faulty vein valves inside of your spermatic cord may play a role. This is the tube that carries blood to and from your testicles. It plays a vital role in keeping the reproductive system functional.
If your vein valves fail, blood can’t flow properly, causing a backup. Over time, this leads to a backup of blood. If it progresses far enough, this backup may damage one or both testicles. In turn, this leads to damaging your fertility.
How are varicoceles diagnosed?
At Comprehensive Urology, the team uses state-of-the-art testing to diagnose varicoceles. Depending on your symptoms and health history, they might recommend high-resolution ultrasonography or in-house hormonal testing.
- High-resolution ultrasonography uses sound waves to take detailed pictures of the inside of your body. It’s safe and entirely noninvasive.
- In-house hormonal testing is also minimally invasive. It involves your Comprehensive Urology provider drawing a blood sample and running it through several laboratory tests.
Based on the results, we can learn a great deal about any issues concerning your reproductive system. Once you know what your condition is, you can find the ideal treatment for it. Each of our treatments focuses on your individual situation for optimal results.
How are varicoceles treated?
The team at Comprehensive Urology offers several different microsurgical treatments to address varicoceles. These techniques are minimally invasive and provide:
- The best outcomes
- Fast recovery
- Excellent cosmetic results
The goal is to provide complete symptom relief while preserving fertility. By seeking treatment as soon as possible, you improve your chances of achieving both goals. Our
techniques also focus on minimal incisions. This allows your procedure to succeed while also minimizing recovery time. Our goal is to help you get back to normal as soon as possible.
Additionally, it is important to visit an experienced specialist. Successful treatment requires both knowledge and years of expertise.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery from varicocele surgery can vary, depending on your individual treatment. However, most patients can expect some swelling and discomfort for about one month. This differs from patient to patient. Most patients find they can return to their normal routine quickly after surgery, though. With microscopic surgery, a patient may be able to get back to their daily work within a couple of days.
Additionally, the results should be long-lasting. However, it is possible for a varicocele to form again for different reasons. If this happens, we recommend again seeking timely treatment for an ideal outcome.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
To learn more about treatment for varicoceles, make an appointment at Comprehensive Urology. If you have noticed any of the symptoms, we recommend getting an expert’s opinion. The sooner you have a diagnosis, the sooner you can receive treatment. Call the office or book a consultation online today to get started.