Varicoceles Embolisation

Two interventional radiologists perform varicocele embolisation procedure to treat varicoceles

A varicocele is a swelling in the scrotum caused by a collection of abnormally large blood vessels (veins) as a result of dilation of the testicular vein. It is a form of varicose veins and often described as feeling like ‘a bag of worms’. It tends to occur early in men, the late development of varicoceles can signify a more sinister cause.

The most common treatment for varicoceles is embolisation, whereby a small catheter is inserted into the vein via either the neck or groin. This is then guided using X-Ray and other imaging techniques to the testicular vein, where the varicocele can be treated.