Varicocele emoblization is an approach we do through a pinhole in your skin. We are able to stop the blood flow that is causing the pain and infertility without doing surgery. Embolization is a means of stopping the blood flow using coils and possible chemicals to shrink the veins. It is an outpatient procedure that is done with mild sedation if needed.
Varicoceles are present in 15% of male adolescents, with a very strong left-sided predominance.  The evaluation of men presenting with subfertility reveals a varicocele as the etiology in one and three patients. The direct benefit of treating varicocele for subfertility is difficult to assess due to the lack of randomized controlled trials. Using the data available, there is an approximate 15% increase in fertility rates when compared to control groups.