Varicoceles occur when the pampiniform plexus veins in the scrotum become enlarged, like varicose veins in the leg. Varicoceles form during puberty, and can grow larger and easier to notice over time. Most of the time, varicoceles cause no problems and are harmless.In severe cases, varicoceles can cause pain, infertility, or cause one testicle to grow slower or shrink.
Dr. Mouton treats varicoceles with embolization, Varicocele embolization uses imaging guidance and a catheter to place a tiny coil and/or embolic fluid in a blood vessel to divert blood flow away from a varicocele. It’s less invasive than conventional surgery, can safely relieve pain and swelling, and may improve sperm quality.