Varicoceles, like other vein-related issues, appear when you suffer circulation problems. For varicoceles, the veins in question are located in your scrotum. Varicoceles constitute a common cause of male infertility. It can also cause pain and swelling in a sensitive area, so seek varicocele treatments so that you can get back to a pain-free life. At the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn, an expert in vascular and interventional radiology can provide targeted varicocele embolization. Call today for a consultation and effective treatment for varicoceles.
What Are Varicoceles?
Varicoceles refer to gonadal veins in the scrotum that may become dysfunctional. Your scrotum is the protective loose sac that holds the testicles. The abnormal blood vessels are in the pampiniform plexus and transport oxygen-poor blood back to your heart from your testicles.
The swollen veins in the scrotum look like varicose veins that sometimes appear in your legs. The swollen gonadal veins may present symptoms that include pain, discomfort and most importantly, fertility problems. Most men don’t realize that their infertility is caused by varicoceles, a relatively easily treated condition.
Varicocele treatment by the best Vein and Vascular Specialist in New York City addresses any complications. Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky, a leading endovascular specialist at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn, leads an expert team. He diagnoses and treats many vein conditions with the most advanced techniques.
What Are the Symptoms of Varicoceles?
Varicoceles may present no symptoms. Most men only realize the condition during a physical examination or if there are experiences any fertility problems.
Signs that you may have varicoceles include:
- Swelling of your scrotum
- Infertility, because in severe cases of varicoceles, poor temperature regulation affects the quality of sperm production
- A mass in the scrotum formed by a large varicocele
- A dull ache or feeling of heaviness in the testicles that worsens in hot weather or with physical activity
- Pain and tenderness, which gets worse during the day
- Visibly dilated veins in the scrotum
- The affected testicle is smaller on the varicocele side
- The discomfort in affected testicle eases if you lie down
Varicoceles commonly affect the left side of the scrotum. At his Brooklyn vein clinic, Dr. Sobolevsky brings more than 24 years of varicocele treatment experience. His practice is a trendsetter in use of advanced, minimally invasive vein treatments for varicoceles and other vein disorders.
Dr. Sobolevsky treated my varicose veins with great success. I couldn’t be happier with the results. He was professional, kind, and answered all my questions. I highly recommend Dr. Sergei for anyone seeking vein treatment.
How Do Varicoceles Develop and Are They Dangerous?
Vascular doctors have identified a number of causes of varicoceles. During your initial consultation with Dr. Sobolevsky, this top vein doctor looks for the underlying cause of your case of varicoceles.
The reasons varicoceles develop include:
- A malfunction in the valves of the veins
- Missing valves in the vein, leading to blood pooling
- Swollen lymph nodes or masses behind your belly, causing circulation problems
A varicocele can lead to infertility and testicular pain. As many as 15 percent of healthy men have a varicocele, possibly without knowing it, while 35 percent of infertile men can benefit from varicocele treatments. In teenage boys, a varicocele may affect hormone production and testicle growth.
Fertility problems in men may lead to issues that include:
- Emotional trauma, such as stress and depression, due to the failure to father a child
- Relationship difficulties
- Low self-esteem, which affects your quality of life
- Feelings of inadequacy
- Risk of alcohol or drug addiction
- The high cost of fertility treatments
- Erectile dysfunction
With advances in the medical field, vein doctors like Dr. Sobolevsky offer specialized varicocele treatments to prevent serious complications. The vein practice in Brooklyn offers a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to treat varicoceles and other vein conditions.
What Is the Best Treatment for Varicoceles?
Treatment for varicocele depends on your diagnosis. Visit the best vascular doctors to get the most appropriate and least-invasive varicocele treatment. For example, your vein doctor may merely recommend lifestyle changes to ease your symptoms, along with medications for pain relief.
The steps to your personalized treatment generally include:
- Initial consultation. Your vein doctor listens to your concerns and examines your scrotum to check for a swollen vein. If the doctor finds any varicoceles, the diagnosis forms the basis of an individualized treatment plan.
- Diagnostic tests. Ultrasound is the most common test to identify smaller varicoceles that aren’t visible through physical examination. A doppler study helps your doctor identify the pooling of blood inside the affected veins.
- Sperm test. After your vascular specialist finds a varicocele, you may decide to test for fertility problems. A seminal fluid analysis checks for sperm motility and morphology to determine if you have quality sperm.
- The main objective in varicoceles treatment is to relieve any severe symptoms you’re experiencing from your vein condition. Varicocele treatment improves your sperm quality. Treatment techniques include:
For the best treatment for varicoceles, contact the best vascular doctors in New York City at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center. They also treat other vein conditions, such as varicose veins, spider veins, venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, bulging hand and arm veins and deep vein thrombosis. The practice serves all New York City, including the borough of Brooklyn.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
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480 Court Street, Ste 101
Brooklyn, NY 11231