Minimally Invasive Treatment for a Common Disorder
Varicocele is the presence of varicose veins in the testicles that occurs in up to 15 percent of males. It's usually found during routine school or camp examinations and usually does not cause any symptoms. NewYork-Presbyterian's pediatric urologic surgeons have advanced the knowledge of adolescent varicocele and pioneered minimally invasive approaches to treating this disorder.
- To Treat or Not to Treat: Not all boys with varicocele need surgery. In many cases, however, an untreated varicocele can lead to impaired growth of the affected testicle and infertility in adulthood. Repair of a varicocele when your child is an adolescent can prevent further growth delays of the affected testicle and enhance his likelihood of being fertile as an adult.
- Predicting the Need for Surgery: We use Doppler ultrasound to help determine if your child needs surgery. This test can help predict the significance of your child's varicocele in the future. Surgery may be more effective when it's performed during adolescence, rather than later in life.
- Leaders in Varicocele Surgery: Surgery for varicocele is called a "varicocelectomy." Our surgeons have performed hundreds of varicocelectomies. Whenever possible, we perform the operation through laparoscopy — a minimally invasive approach that is associated with a quicker recovery, returning your child to his normal activities sooner.