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What are the treatments for a varicocele?

This question was asked in Pullman, Washington and has 3 answer(s) as of 04/11/2016.
I have a varicocele, and from what I have read, it is like a varicose vein. Is it possible to naturally cure the varicocele with homeopathic medicines? What are the suggested medicinal treatments available for a varicocele?

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Varicoceles are dilated varicose veins in the spermatic cord and around the testicles. These typically cause no symptoms, but can reduce a male's fertility due to warming of the testes and may be easily visible under the skin of the scrotal sac. The treatment is usually surgery done by urologists due to the proximity of the veins to the testicles.

A varicocele is a mass of varicose veins in the scrotum. It develops because the one-way valves in the testicular vein fail and allow blood to drain from the upper abdomen into the scrotum. A varicocele can be treated by a surgical incision in the groin to allow surgical ligation (tying off) of many of the testicular vein branches in the spermatic cord to the testicle. An alternative approach is to seal the testicular vein shut (ablation) with a sclerosant drug and devices which block the testicular vein from draining into the scrotum. This is performed through a small incision in the groin or neck with fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance.

There are no homeopathic remedies that can make a varicocele go away. There are some substances that can improve discomfort associated with veins. Horse Chestnut abstract is one of them. This has been demonstrated in varicose veins of the leg, but not in varicose veins that cause a varicocele. If the varicocele does not cause you any pain or discomfort, then no treatment is needed. If the varicocele is causing you pain and it does not respond to anti-inflammatory medications or other homeopathic remedies that are directed towards pain, then you can treat the varicocele in a relatively minimally invasive fashion. The best treatment is blocking the veins internally that cause the varicocele. This can be done with a small catheter placed into the venous system through a small puncture. This technique does not require any incision or stitches. Another alternative is a surgical technique where a small incision is made in the groin region and the veins are closed in that location.

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