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Varicocele Embolization

At ImageCare Radiology, we specialize in providing varicocele embolization in New Jersey, a state-of-the-art procedure that offers a non-surgical option for the treatment of varicoceles, a condition often associated with male infertility and discomfort.

What are Varicoceles?

Varicoceles are enlargements of the veins within the scrotum, similar to varicose veins that can occur in the leg. These enlarged veins can cause pain, swelling, and have been linked to infertility due to their effect on testicular temperature and sperm production. Varicoceles are a common issue, affecting approximately 10 to 15 percent of men, and can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life and reproductive health.

How Does a Varicocele Embolization Procedure Work?

Varicocele embolization is a minimally invasive procedure. It involves an interventional radiologist inserting a catheter through a small incision in the neck or hip. Under X-ray guidance, the catheter is navigated into the testicular vein. The radiologist then uses coils, and sometimes a vein-occluding liquid or foam, to block the blood flow in the enlarged veins, thereby reducing the pressure within the varicocele. As a result, blood is naturally re-routed to healthier pathways. This internal “shutting off” of the incompetent vein achieves the same goal as surgical ligation but without the need for an operation.

The procedure typically lasts about an hour and is done under mild sedation to ensure patient comfort. Patients can go home the same day and resume their daily activities almost immediately, without the need for an extensive recovery period.

A focus on the hands and groin area of a male patient sitting on an exam table facing a standing doctor who is gesturing

What are the Benefits of Varicocele Embolization?

Varicocele embolization comes with several key advantages. There is no need for a surgical incision in the scrotal area, which reduces the risk of infection and discomfort. The treatment is effective, with improved semen analysis and lower recurrence rates compared to surgery. Additionally, the recovery time is minimal, allowing patients to quickly get back to their normal routines without a prolonged healing period.

Contact Us for Varicocele Embolization Procedures

ImageCare Radiology has numerous locations, providing convenient access to varicocele embolization procedures. Our experienced interventional radiologists and caring staff are committed to delivering the highest quality care in a comfortable and supportive environment.

If you’re experiencing discomfort from varicoceles, or if you’re concerned about how varicoceles may be affecting your fertility, we encourage you to reach out to us. Schedule an appointment to discuss how varicocele embolization could be the right treatment for you. Take control of your health and fertility by getting in touch with ImageCare Radiology today. Our team is ready to provide the support and advanced care you need to lead a healthier, more comfortable life.