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Varicocele Repair

Surgical varicocelectomy is a minimally invasive and highly effective approach to the treatment of varicocele. Varicocele is a condition characterized by abnormally dilated scrotal veins – that is, blood vessels in the scrotum. It is among the most common causes of male infertility. A varicocelectomy is a surgical procedure performed to correct this problem.

When you get home:


You may return to your normal diet within 24 hours following your surgery. You may note some mild nausea and possible vomiting the first 6-8 hours following surgery. This is usually due to the side effects of anesthesia, and should disappear within 6-8 hours. We suggest clear liquids and a very light meal the first evening following surgery.


Your physical activity should be restricted the first forty-eight hours. During that time you should remain relatively inactive, moving about only when necessary. During the first two weeks following surgery you should avoid lifting any heavy objects (anything greater than fifteen pounds), and avoid strenuous exercise which might endanger the integrity of your incision.


In most cases you will be sent home with a narcotic pain pill. If the pain is not too bad, you may take either Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) which contain no narcotic agents, and might be tolerated a little better.


In most cases your abdominal incision will be covered with a dressing. You may remove this dressing on the second post-operative day. You will notice steri-strips under the dressing. These can be removed 7-10 days after your surgery. You will be able to shower the second day following surgery, but avoid scrubbing the area of your dressing. Do not be surprised if there is mild testicular swelling and pain on the same side that the surgery was performed. This is quite typical following surgery, and may actually last for four to six weeks.

Side Effects:

Problems you should report to us:

  • Fever or 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Moderate or severe swelling under the skin incision or involving the scrotum
  • Drug reactions such as hives, a rash, nausea or vomiting

Follow Up:

You should contact your physician within 24 hours to set up your first follow-up appointment. This visit, to check your incision and progress, is usually set up 10-14 days following your surgery. Follow-up appointments will be made at that time.