Varicoceles are a tangled network of blood vessels or swelling of the veins on the testicles. It is similar to varicose veins in the legs but in this condition, a vein called the gonadal vein, has weak, defective valves, resulting in the blood pooling in varicose veins in the scrotum.

It is a relatively common condition (affecting approximately 10% of men) that tends to occur in young men, usually in their 20s or 30s. Sometimes, varicoceles cause no symptoms and are harmless. But sometimes a varicocele causes pain, testicular atrophy (shrinkage), or fertility problems.

Treatment for varicoceles may be done surgically, but minimally invasive procedures should be considered before deciding what to do. Traditional surgery can mean 2 to 3 weeks of down time, but that can be reduced significantly with alternative methods that reduce pain and swelling.

South Florida Vascular Associates recommends varicocele embolization as the least invasive treatment option for men. The procedure is fast, painless, and you can return to normal activities right away.

If you have testicular pain or shrinkage, talk to an expert about the possibility of having a varicocele. Any of our physicians will be happy to conduct an examination and let you know if treatment can help.