varicocele embolization


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varicocele embolization

A treatment for varicocele in which a catheter is inserted into the femoral vein and advanced to the testicular vein, obstructing blood flow from the incompetent vessel. The radiologist may use one of several injected materials to block the responsible vein. The procedure is an alternative to surgical varicocele repair and is used principally to treat cases of male infertility.
See also: embolization
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Even today, a majority of patients in India undergo surgery, as many do not know about the Varicocele embolization.
Dr Sheorain is a Specialist in Vascular Surgery in Medanta Hospital Gurgaon, and has been performing Varicocele Embolization for 10 years.
5] Over a 20-year period the authors identified 3319 men who underwent surgical varicocele repair and 314 men who underwent varicocele embolization for clinical varicoceles and male factor infertility.
Our objective was to review the failure rates of varicocele embolization done for male factor infertility at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, and to examine how these rates compare with those published for varicocele embolization and surgical varicocele repair.
Patients with ultrasound evidence of a contralateral varicocele were offered bilateral varicocele embolization as per interventional radiology protocol.
A total of 158 patients were identified between 2004 and 2008 that had undergone unilateral or bilateral varicocele embolization for male factor infertility.