[quote=jan_000]I’m looking into the possibility of embolization or microsurgical microiguinal for varicocele repair for DH. Does anyone know who the leading US experts are for this type of procedure?
If anyone has thoughts regarding surgery versus embolization or microsurgical microiguinal or any other treatment option, I’d be very interested in that as well…
DH and I have met with a surgeon, and now I’m trying to get the other perspectives. I’d also be interested on who the leading surgeons are in this field in case we need another opinion.[/quote]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Jan - My DH had the embolization procedure done in mid September. We decided to go this route because it was non-invasive. We own our own company and it is very difficult for DH to get time off. His work also includes physical activity. The urologist at first recommended surgery since it is guaranteed that you can reach both sides, where with embolization there is a chance that might not happen. When we told him we would not be able to do the surgery until our slow season (Jan/Feb) he thought we should go for the embolization in the mean time. Recovery time is nothing and it is an in and out procedure. Worst case scenario if they did not get both sides we could do the surgery in the winter. [/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Everything turned out great with the embolization. When they started the procedure they discovered that the problem was worse than they thought. They were able to get both the right and the left side and block off all veins affected. My DH had to take only one day off work and suffered from mild back pain. We have seen a drastic physical change so are reassured that the procedure was successful.[/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]I am in Canada so can not recommend someone to do the procedure. Being in Canada I do feel I have a bit of an advantage in getting the true facts on both procedures. Since they are both covered by OHIP doctors are not competing to get people’s business. Feel free to PM me is you have any questions.[/FONT]