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Varicocele Repair

Varicocele is a condition characterized by abnormally dilated blood vessels in the scrotum. It is among the most common causes of male infertility. Varicocelectomy is a surgical procedure performed to correct this problem. It is minimally invasive and an effective approach to the treatment of varicocele.

Post-op Instructions

Diet: You may feel mild nausea and even some vomiting the first 6-8 hours following surgery. This is usually due to the side effects of anesthesia and should disappear within 6-8 hours. The first evening following surgery, try to limit your food intake to clear liquids. You may resume a normal diet the next day.

Activity: You should restrict physical activity for the first 48 hours post-op. Remain relatively inactive, moving about only when necessary. During the first two weeks following surgery, you should avoid lifting any heavy objects (anything greater than 15 pounds), and avoid strenuous exercise that might endanger the integrity of your incision.

Medication: In most cases you will be sent home with narcotic pain medication. If the pain is not severe, you may take either acetaminophen or ibuprofen, which contain no narcotic agents, and might be tolerated somewhat better.

Incision: In most cases, your abdominal incision will be covered with a dressing. You may remove this dressing on the second post-operative day. You will notice sterile strips under the dressing. These can be removed 7-10 days after your surgery. You will be able to shower the second day following your surgery, but avoid scrubbing the area of your dressing.

There may be mild testicular swelling and pain on the same side that the surgery was performed. This is not unusual following surgery, and may last for 4-6 weeks.

Contact the office immediately if you experience:

  • A fever of 101 degrees or more
  • Moderate or severe swelling under the skin incision or involving the scrotum
  • Hives, rash, nausea, or vomiting, which may be sign of an allergic reaction to medication

Post-op Follow Up

You should contact your physician within 24 hours to set up your first follow-up appointment. This visit, during which your doctor will check your incision and progress, usually takes place 10-14 days following your surgery.

Miami urologist Dr. Marvin Bondhus performs varicocele repair on men from the Miami metro area. For a consultation, call (305) 661-9692 or request an appointment online.