Varicocele Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
About 15% of the male population have varicoceles, which can lead to scrotal pain and infertility. At his office in Salt Lake City, Utah, board-certified urologist William Brant, MD, FACS, FECSM, offers comprehensive diagnostic services to quickly determine if a varicocele is the cause of your pain or fertility issues. Dr. Brant also offers varicocele treatment, including minimally invasive surgical repair of the affected veins.
Dr. Brant is a member of multiple medical organizations, including the American Urological Association, the Sexual Medicine Society, and the Society of Urologic Prosthetic Surgeons. He has authored over 100 works, including various chapters in 6 textbooks of Urology.
To find out more about varicocele treatments, contact the office in Salt Lake City at (801) 965-2767.
What is a varicocele?
A varicocele is a group of veins within the scrotum that become enlarged due to insufficient blood circulation. Similar to varicose veins in the leg, varicoceles are relatively common.
The insufficient blood flow may stem from dysfunction in the valves that prevent blood from flowing backward in the veins. The backflow of blood pools in the vein and leads to the enlargement.
Varicoceles typically develop in the veins on the left side of the scrotum due to their position and are especially common during puberty.
What are the symptoms of a varicocele?
You can have a varicocele without any symptoms. However, the enlargement of the vein can become painful.
Many men experience a dull, heavy ache that worsens after strenuous activity or sharp pain that causes persistent discomfort. As the veins grow larger, you may also notice visible lumps or swelling in your scrotum. The visibly enlarged veins sometimes resemble a bag of worms.
For some men, varicoceles may be a factor in infertility, as they can cause low sperm production or affect the quality of your sperm. You may also experience a shrinking of your testicles.
How is a varicocele diagnosed?
If you have noticeable changes or pain in your scrotum, you shouldn’t delay getting an evaluation at the office of William Brant, MD, FACS, FECSM.
You should also schedule a consultation if you and your partner are having difficulty achieving a pregnancy, and you have concerns about infertility.
Dr. Brant can usually confirm varicocele during a physical exam of the scrotum and may request an ultrasound of the area to rule out other conditions.
How is a varicocele treated?
If you have a varicocele without any pain or other disruptive symptoms, you may not need any treatment. Dr. Brant can carefully monitor your condition to ensure the enlarged veins don’t become bothersome.
If you have a noticeably smaller testicle on the side where the varicocele is that feels squishy, Dr. Brant can determine if you need treatment to prevent further injury to your testicle.
Treating a varicocele often involves a subinguinal microscopic approach. Through a very small incision in the lower part of your groin, Dr. Brant uses a high-powered microscope to identify the enlarged veins without harming the surrounding structures. He seals off the enlarged vein and the flow of blood reroutes to nearby, healthier veins.
Dr. Brant provides aftercare instructions to ensure you heal without complications. He also offers follow-up care to assess whether the varicocele repair helped improve sperm production and your infertility issues.
Schedule a Consultation for Varicoceles in Salt Lake City
Don’t ignore pain in your scrotum. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation to check for a varicocele at the Salt Lake City office of urologist William Brant, MD, FACS, FECSM. Call the office at (801) 965-2767 or use the online booking feature today.