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How to Treat Hydrocele/Varicocele
Treatment options include the following:
Surgical repair is recommended if the condition:
- Persists beyond the first year of life,
- Becomes large enough to threaten a testicle's blood supply, or
- Is associated with a Groin Hernia , also known as a communicating hydrocele
Sclerotherapy can also be used for adult (noncommunicating) hydroceles, in which the fluid is removed through a needle and replaced with a substance that causes scarring. This is generally less effective than surgery.
Treatment is not required for all varicoceles; however, it is generally recommended if a varicocele is felt to be the cause of Infertility In Men. Treatment options include:
- Open surgery-The vein is surgically cut and tied off.
- Catheter ablation-Heat is applied through a catheter to destroy the vein.
- Catheter embolization-A substance is placed in the vein to block it.
- Laparoscopy -This involves the use of a thin, lighted tube inserted into the abdomen to view the vessels in the body as they lead to the testicle.
If you are diagnosed with a varicocele or hydrocele, follow your doctor's instructions.