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.
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.
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.
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.