New Study May Lead To Rise In Varicocelectomy


Varicocele is one of the most common causes of male infertility in America. Yet few men even know what it is. Popular culture ever so gradually is picking up on the importance of spreading awareness about it. But not fast enough, it seems. Part of the reason it’s taken so long to reach the public eye is due to a lack of studies and evidence to suggest that it’s a widespread enough issue to be worth discussing. But that now is beginning to change.

A recent study involving some 7,000 young and healthy army recruits in six unique European countries proved that even a relatively small varicocele can damage the quality of semen and/or substantially lower the sperm count, effectively making the men infertile. This not only proves that we should pay more attention to this condition. It also shows that it’s not exclusive to the US.

A varicocele is basically an enlargement in the testicular region. It happens when there’s a blockage in the veins in the scrotum that transfer blood back up to the heart. In severe cases, it reaches the point where the scrotum looks abnormally large. And if left unattended for long enough, it can cause mild to severe pain, particularly during physical exertion and/or when standing too quickly.

The fact that the study’s participants were young men serving in the military, thus proving that they were in good physical condition, should demonstrate why varicocele should concern us. But what’s more worrisome is the fact that it doesn’t have to be severe. That means that a varicocele could cause a man to become infertile even in cases that are mild enough not to cause any pain or show any physican indication.

But as more people begin to realize how common of a condition varicocele really is, more men will likely begin to seek the proper treatment. The treatment, called varicocelectomy, is a small surgical procedure that entails unblocking the veins and reducing the swelling, thus allowing the proper production of testosterone and transfer of sufficient sperm to semen. The result should be a newfound fertility in the patient.

Infertility is a relatively common occurrence in couples. It’s never an easy piece of news to receive. In many cases, it can lead to the end of the relationship. Nearly half the cases of infertility are due to an issue with the man. Among those cases, a large portion of them are due to varicocele. But the more we know about the issue, the more easily we can fix it.

New York City has some of the most skilled experts in varicocelectomy procedures in the country. Varicocelectomy is the procedure where the doctor repairs the damaged veins by stopping the blockage. If you, your partner, or perhaps someone you know, has been experiencing issues with male infertility, give New York City urologist Dr. Harry Fisch’s office a call at 212-879-0800. Dr. Fisch is an urologist who specializes in varicocele repair, vasectomy and vasectomy reversal. Set up an appointment today and put those infertility concerns behind you once and for all.


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