What is varicocele treatment?

Varicocele treatment is required when the veins of the scrotum region get dilated, resulting in the appearance of a small bag of worms. This creates itchiness, the feeling of pain, and a lack of comfort and might cause trouble while walking or moving. However, in some cases, varicocele is not so harmful. But consultation in both cases is very crucial. Delay might result in more medical complications and future troubles. There are many types of varicocele treatment. Some of them are given below.

Benefits of the varicocele surgery are as follows

  1. 1. You will be free from pain and discomfort. 
  2. 2. No more trouble in walking, running, jumping, dancing and so on. 
  3. 3. Shoots the problem of infertility in males.
  4. 4. Better success rate.
  5. 5. Fewer chances of medical complications. 
  6. 6. Fast-paced recovery if treated with the help of laser surgery. 
  7. 7. No application of anesthesia is required for laser surgery. 
  8. 8. Since laser surgery needs no big incision, it can be treated faster and there is no need for long hospital stays and observatory visits by doctors.

Types of varicocele treatment 

Different types of treatment could be used for treating varicocele. But that should be done by a skilled doctor. 

Varicocele embolization

Varicocele embolization is used for eliminating the damaged varicocele vein that causes swelling and pain in the scrotum. a type of nonsurgical procedure. It uses plastic tubes, blocking agents, X-rays, etc to complete the procedure.  It is advisable not to do any strenuous exercise after the varicocele embolization. 


Varicocelectomy is the surgical procedure of removing the damaged and affected veins that are present in the scrotum. The removal of varicocele is important to get rid of the damaged veins completely. It can help to solve problems like infertility in males, low sperm density and low sperm count, and problems in motility, swelling, pain, ache, etc. Varicocelectomy can be done by injecting anesthesia in the affected area and then the affected vein gets eliminated by cutting and fixing the ends. There are two types of varicocelectomy, microsurgical varicocelectomy, and Laparoscopic varicocelectomy.

Microsurgical varicocelectomy

Microsurgical varicocelectomy is an effective way of treating the varicocele with minimal surgery and fewer complications. 

Laparoscopic varicocelectomy

Laparoscopic varicocelectomy is also a way of treating the varicocele. However, to undergo this surgery, it is very important to properly select the patient for the surgery. Since the patients with pinching pain and lower grade of varicocele are not suitable for the surgery. 

However, no the surgical treatment is 100% secured and has some minimal risk associated with it. 

Some of these are given below:-

  1. 1. Could cause infection
  2. 2. May lead to some allergic reactions. 
  3. 3. May have other side effects.
  4. 4. Lead to a delay in healing the wounds.
  5. 5. Pain in surgery might not be felt due to the application of anesthesia but it could affect one after the surgery.

Precautions after varicocele treatment should be taken to recover faster and in a better way. 

So remember to follow some steps after surgery

  1. 1. Avoid doing any aerobic or hard physical workout.
  2. 2. Try to give the least stress to the affected area or muscles. 
  3. 3. Be active in consulting your doctor in case of any complication or problem.
  4. 4. Never postpone or delay appointments with a doctor post-surgery as these consultations can help to treat you faster and appropriately.
  5. 5. Don’t stop taking medications in between. Intake of the full prescribed medicines and therapies.

Is it the only way to treat Varicocele? Can we prevent it by some other means?

Surgery is important to root out the varicocele, however, there are some ways to prevent the varicocele. That is with the help of exercises and yoga. Since these procedures might not help in removal but might be effective in preventing you from varicocele and other diseases. However, varicocele occurs due to many other reasons as well. Smoking, obesity, unhealthy lifestyle, and diet might be some of the reasons for varicocele.

Some of the yoga poses are:-

  1. 1. Ananda Balasana
  2. 2. Dhanurasana
  3. 3. Viparita Karani
  4. 4. Vajrasana

There are some home remedies as well which could proved very helpful in preventing varicocele, however eliminating it is difficult. But one can use these home remedies to improvement in the severity of the varicocele. 

  1. 1. Using ice or cold packs could be an effective way for getting relief from the pain and ache.
  2. 2. Varicocele is a vascular disorder and happens mostly due to damage to the vein in the scrotum. It can be prevented by doing some aerobic exercises and yoga. Some of the important poses for yoga are Ananda Balasana, Dhanurasana, Viparita Karani, Vajrasana, etc.
  3. 3. Staying physically active could also help.
  4. 4. Eating a healthy and balanced diet full of protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, etc is very crucial in preventing many vascular diseases like varicocele.  
  5. 5. Horse Chestnut supplements and extract could be very effective as well to help in curing the varicocele. 
  6. 6. Consuming more antioxidant-based food helps prevent it. 
  7. 7. Avoiding any tobacco-based product could be helpful as well. 
  8. 8. Do not consume much caffeine.

Varicocele Treatment in Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a broad branch and deals with many surgeries and treatments for curing diseases like varicocele. Varicocele can be treated with ayurvedic methods like sira granthi, Arshas chikitsa, panchakarma, vayu vikruti chikitsa, etc. But consulting an ayurvedic doctor before taking any step would be most preferable. 

Apart from ayurvedic treatment, many ayurvedic “jadi buti” or herbs are used by ayurvedic doctors for treatment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best treatment for varicocele?

Varicocele is a vascular disease that leads to swelling, pain in the scrotum, discomfort in doing the movement, and often discoloration around the affected area. This is not fatal in most people, but sometimes leads to infertility in males and hence requires treatment. This can be done by two methods, surgical and non-surgical. Both have their benefits. And doctors after diagnosis can prefer a suitable method. 

Is it possible to treat varicocele naturally?

Varicocele can be prevented by some natural methods like eating a healthy diet, exercising, doing yoga, avoiding smoking, and not consuming any tobacco-based products. But these remedies could only prevent the varicocele. Complete elimination is not possible naturally. For this one needs to consult a specialist for diagnosis and treatment. 

What happens if the varicocele is left untreated?

Varicocele is not a life-threatening disease but it could lead to several issues like lower sperm count and lower sperm density which could lead to infertility in the males, as veins provide blood to the testis for the nutrient of the sperms. Due to the damage in the veins the sperm formation weakens in the testes. 

Apart from this, it might also be not so comfortable to have pain and ache in the testis area of the scrotum. 

How can I reduce varicocele at home?

Varicocele could be prevented by some the home remedies like doing yoga, eating high and enriched food, being physically active, and quitting smoking. But rooting them out completely by home remedies is not possible. For this surgical methods are important.

Is varicocele treatment painful?

Varicocele treatment could be done by various surgical methods, non-surgically (laser), and minimally invasive methods. These methods are performed with the help of anesthesia, so surgery might not be very painful but post-surgery could be a little discomforting.

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