Varicolectomy Surgery Recovery

Varicolectomy Recovery

A varicocele occurs when the veins along the cord which holds a man’s testicles become swollen and distended. Treatment is not always required, but if it causes pain, discomfort or fertility problems, then it is recommended. The procedure of rectifying a varicocele is known as varicocelectomy. It is a minor surgical procedure, performed under local or general anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. The patient can go home after 2 to 4 hours on the same day.

Precautions before a Varicolectomy

  • Comfortable Underwear: A person suffering from varicocele should not wear tight underwear as this will further deteriorate the condition.

  • Avoid High Temperatures: One of the effects of varicocele is to raise the temperature of the testicles. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid being in places having high temperatures for prolonged periods.

  • Do not Lift Heavy Weights: If one has a varicocele, the condition can be aggravated by lifting heavy weights and doing strenuous exercise. This should be avoided at all costs.

  • Enquire About the Procedure: Before a varicocelectomy, it is a good idea to find out all about the procedure. This will make the entire procedure more comfortable for the patient.

Precautions after a Varicocelectomy

Once the operation is completed, there are a few basic precautions which can be taken which will pave the way to a smoother and swifter recovery:

  • Bed Rest: One should stay in bed for the rest of the day. This will avoid moving around and causing undue stress to the operation site.

  • Avoid Physical Activity: Any form of physical activity should be avoided for 24 to 48 hours after the surgery.

  • Hygienic Conditions: The operation site should be kept clean, dry and sterile. There will be a dressing which should not be removed.

  • Follow Medication: Medicines should be taken as per the doctor’s advice.

Recovery from Varicocelectomy

  • Once the operation is done, there is a high chance of a complete recovery.

  • The patient is made to take rest, preferably bed rest for the rest of the day that the surgery is performed.

  • Ice is used to relieve the pain in the groin.

  • The patient will also be given painkillers and asked to abstain from any physical exertion or sexual activity for the next 24 to 48 hours after the operation.

  • The patient will probably be able to return to normal life from the very next day.

  • A visit to the doctor for a checkup and removal of the stitches may be required after 7 to 10 days.