If you’re experiencing infertility or pain due to varicoceles, your doctor may suggest a varicocelectomy procedure. This is a surgery to remove the varicoceles by cutting the veins and then closing off the ends.
Microsurgical varicocelectomy. In a microsurgical varicocelectomy, the surgeon uses a microscope to find the right veins. This process can easily identify the veins to be removed and distinguish them from those that need to be preserved.
Your surgeon will make a 1-centimeter incision above your scrotum. Next, they will tie up the small veins and remove the varicoceles. Typically, this procedure takes 2 to 3 hours, and you can go home the same day.
Recovering from Surgery
Since you can go home from a varicocelectomy procedure the same day, most men are able to return to jobs with little activity within days of surgery. It takes 2 to 3 weeks to make a full recovery.
Recovering at home. You may need help from someone at home to help you recover. It’s important that you follow your doctor’s instructions when it comes to taking medicines and caring for your incisions.
To help alleviate the pain after your surgery, apply an ice pack to your scrotum in 10-minute intervals for the first couple of days. This helps reduce the swelling, too.
Your doctor will also tell you to:
- Avoid having sex for the next week or two
- Avoid submerging your incision in water until it’s fully healed
- Try not to do any heavy lifting or vigorous activity
- Try not to strain when using the bathroom, and take a stool softener if necessary