Varicocele obliteration

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The Varikozelenverödung is applied to varicose veins of the testicles to obliterate. It is an uncomplicated procedure that is performed under local anesthesia.

A small catheter is inserted into the groin area, which is then pushed up to the affected vein on the testicle.
Once there, high-proof alcohol is introduced through the catheter. This causes an artificial inflammation, whereby the varicose vein is "encapsulated".
While a few years ago an eight-hour bed rest was announced after the treatment and the patients had to stay in hospital for one night, today only a four-hour pressure bandage is applied and those affected can leave the hospital on the same day.

A 2 to 4 week break in sports is then a good idea. As a rule, the vein enlargement completely regresses in a period of 6 to 12 months, so that a possibly planned sperm examination ( spermiogram ) should only then be carried out.

Individual evidence

  1. Retrograde sclerotherapy / occlusion of the testicular vein at, accessed on May 15, 2016.
  2. Varicocele sclerotherapy at, accessed on May 15, 2016.