Varicocele surgery... anyone here had it?

  • nomadfornow

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    Jan 28, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    Hi gents --

    Last summer, I began having groin pains whenever I exercised, or in particular, sang (I earn my living as a singer/actor/musician). It worsened to the point where I could barely make it through a night of work without intense pain; soon thereafter, a bulge began appearing in my groin. After a series of doctors who were of no help, I was finally diagnosed with a very sizeable varicocele, not only in the testicle, but in the inguinal canal itself. For those of you unfamiliar with the condition:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varicocele

    (Believe me, it ain't fun, boys!!) icon_confused.gif

    I underwent surgery in November, and was assured that I would be back to normal -- and back to work -- within a few weeks. However, that has not been the case. I've had follow-up visits to my doctor, who continually assures me that I'm improving, and in time I will be fine... just be patient. However, I'm still unable to sing for any length of time without pain and swelling, and I've only just resumed working out, with very mixed results in that department. After 2 1/2 months, I'm very frustrated.

    So my question is: Has anyone on RJ dealt with a varicocele, and if so, what was your experience? I'm keeping regular contact with my doctor, and he is being encouraging, but I would love to get some perspective from anyone else here who's had firsthand experience with it. Thanks!
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    Jan 28, 2011 11:20 AM GMT
    Come on guys help this dude out. He's had a lot of issues with this problem and can use any helpfull ideas you might have. I myself have never had any issues with varicocele but their must be someone out there with some helpfull advice.
  • nomadfornow

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    Jan 28, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
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    Jan 28, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    No I am sorry buddy, I haven't. Sorry that you have had to go through all this! I hope you are done dealing with it very soon.

    Figured I would reply to keep it up at the top. Good luck!
  • nomadfornow

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    Jan 28, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    Thanks, man!
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    Jan 28, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    I have a varicocele, but it has never given me any trouble.
  • nomadfornow

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    Jan 28, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    paradox saidI have a varicocele, but it has never given me any trouble.


    Apparently, they're not as uncommon as one would think. Most don't cause any problems. Still, I would say to keep an eye on it, and if you notice any changes, have it checked out. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. Mine was present from adolescence, and I was always told it was nothing to be concerned about... surprise! By the time it was diagnosed this fall, the doctor called it, "just about the biggest one I've ever seen."

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    Jan 28, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    Depends, did you have the more modern procedure (where they essentially put in a shunt looking filter in the vein above) or the surgical procedure most doctors still recommend (tying off the vein). I had one done in hs, and the fact that they cut through your abdominal wall means that the recovery is a bitch. Some guys it turns out great, no future problems. Others it will always bother them, or it takes several times of essentially the same procedure to fix it. You also have to think that a varicocele going up the canal are going to cause a lot of the same problems a hernia cause... not to mention what is essentially a surgically induced hernia...

    Mine will probably need redone at some point, and i've never been able to lift while standing, really. But pain-wise, it took 2-3 years to even out, not perfect, but livable.
  • nomadfornow

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    Jan 28, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    2-3 years?? YIKES.

    I had the surgery. They made a one-inch incision low on the groin and tied off the veins. Some days aren't too bad, but others, I'll have pain not only in that area, but radiating into my leg, up my side, into the umbilical area. In terms of exercising, I just started back a week ago, doing P90X. Mixed results there... upper body workouts are okay, but lower body and/or cardio really hurt, and cause swelling. The fact that I have to sing, sometimes for hours at a stretch, and continually engage all those core muscles, is really worrisome to me. I only just read about the newer procedure, and will be discussing that with my doctor at my next appointment with him. I'm concerned that perhaps he missed something the first time. If it turns out I have to go through this again (I suspect I will), I'm going to ask if the newer procedure is an option. I've already missed many weeks of work, and can't afford even more time away.

    Interesting that you should mention hernia: It was originally thought that I had a hernia along with the varicocele, and was actually sent to a hernia surgeon for consultation. He determined that there was no hernia, just a really large varicocele that had spread from the scrotum up into the canal. But yes, I guess there is a surgically-induced hernia now.
  • DeadLiftr

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    Mar 31, 2011 8:20 PM GMT

    I was diagnosed with one when I was 20... I had the pain, and could feel what I thought was a lump in my sac. I got an ultrasound, and had manual examinations by at least 3 different doctors. Eventually the urologist just told me to switch from boxers to briefs, and it hasn't given me any problems since.
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    Mar 31, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    I've had a testicle removed 4 years ago and hernia surgery 16 years ago. With both, I experience general pain for about 2 weeks. Was back to normal working out, running, playing sports in about 6 weeks. Both surgeries were very similar. Have never had problems since the surgeries.
  • Arrien

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    Jun 29, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    I know the original post is from 2011, but hopefully this will help someone and maybe even lead me to some answers I have needed for a while.

    I have dealt with varicocele for close to 3 years now. I was first diagnosed as a child because i was having pain in my testicle, the pain ended up going away and I was done with it ( I thought).
    I had a job where i was on my feet and walking around,.I had minor pain that usually ended up going away after I got off of my feet. I did noticed that after ejaculation that there was some pain. I ended up basically regulating how often I ejaculated to help control the pain. (not doing it so often meant it usually didn't hurt afterwards)
    One day I started having pain in my testi leading up into my abdomen, after a few ER visits and multiple doc appointments I was schedule for a surgery that was "going to take care of it", which it did, for about 3 months.
    Things went fine after my first surgery, it was healing well for the most part. (My first bowel movement after surgery gave me horrible cramps in my sleep and i tossed and turned, reopening the wound). Other than that it went fine.
    After my healing process I thought I was fixed but alas I was not.
    I started having pain in my tesi/abdomen again and returned to my doctor, he said it had returned and he was sending me to radiology for embolization. They put a catheter in your vein and end up blocking it off with a wire mesh application . That procedure was a little freaky as I was awake the entire time, but it was still less invasive than the first procedure. The recovery time was minimal (just a few days) and it seems to have fixed my varicocele/ pain problem.

    There are a few things have I think may be linked to my embolization/the wire mesh left in my body that have caused me some concern.

    For the first year after the embolization my stool was usually very soft or runny, a solid bowel movement was uncommon.
    My blood pressure was a little high for a little over a year after the surgery ( I spoke with my doc about it and he explained that the wire mesh block is only a local block and it shouldn't affect my overall blood pressure.
    When bottoming I have to be very careful so as to not hurt myself, The wrong angles ect can make my testi/belly hurt very intensely.

    Since then my bowel moments and blood pressure have returned to normal but having intercourse can still be an issue. I've not met/talked to anyone else who bottoms and has this wire mesh inside their body. I've not been able to find any information regarding the wire mesh and anal sex either. I believe that the wire mesh gets "poked" during intercourse thus aggravating the areas around the wire mesh.