A new study finds a simple, minimally invasive procedure easily treats this condition and improves a couple's chances of having a baby.
The procedure is called embolization. It is a minimally invasive radiological procedure which can, in most cases, correct the problem.
The researchers managed to improve the most common factors for infertility, such as sperm count and sperm motility, by using embolization of varicoceles.
In this procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the groin and, by using X-ray guidance, is placed in the varicocele. Once the catheter is placed, a tiny platinum coil and a few milliliters of an agent to ensure the closure of the gonadic vein are also inserted.
The good thing about the embolization is that it is a minimally invasive procedure and that it has a short recovery time with most patients going home the following day.
Varicoceles are very common but not all cause infertility or need to be treated. Varicoceles are treated only if they cause pain, shrinkage or fertility problems.
The researchers say that the success rate with this treatment is very high. Over 95 % of the time the procedure corrects the problem.
In the study, the research team used data on 223 infertile men with at least one varicose vein and healthy female partners.
Embolization procedure successfully relieved 226 of the 228 varicose veins among the men. Three months after, they analyzed the sperm of 173 patients and found that the sperm motility and sperm count had significantly improved.
Six months after, 45 couples (26 percent) reported a pregnancy, which is a large number for a simple procedure.
A big problem when it comes to couples having problems conceiving is that, as a rule, infertility treatment begins with a woman. The thing is that a male factor is responsible for infertility in about half of the cases and varicoceles are one example of the male factor affecting it.
There could be somedrawbacks to embolization. They are a steep learning curve to get used to doing the procedure and the danger of prolonged or misdirected radiation, especially if there are varicoceles on both sides of the scrotum. It would be best to undergo a microsurgical varicocelectomy, which is a very quick operation with minimal time off work with the patient back to work in two or three days.
Varicocele mbolization worked very successfully for me. No more pain and swelling and a dramatically improved sperm count :)
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