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What is a Varicocele?
A sagging scrotum is usually the result of a varicocele. A varicocele is a bundle of enlarged veins in a man's scrotum, the sac that holds the two testicles. The veins are usually visible as lumps on the scrotum and may feel like a bag of worms. The veins become enlarged because some of the tiny valves inside the veins don't close properly. These valves normally prevent blood from draining backwards. When the valves fail, blood pools in the veins, causing them to swell. This increase in blood flow makes the testicles warmer. In an effort to cool down, the scrotum inches away from the body but still remains warm. Many men don't realize they have a varicocele because the veins typically don't hurt.
The goal of varicocele repair surgery is to locate the distended veins and tie them off to prevent blood from collecting in the testicles.
A small incision is made in the inguinal area, in the region of the pubic hair, not in the testicles. The incision is about an inch in length.