My Experience with Varicocelectomy


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[FONT=Calibri]Hello Everyone,[/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri]I wanted to share my experience with having a microscopic Bilateral Varicocelectomy done (grade 3 on left, grade 2 on right). Procedure was done on an outpatient basis last week at a highly regarded and renowned medical facility here in the SF Bay Area. Standard instructions were given prior to surgery: no food or drink after midnight the day before and wash the body with CHG antiseptic soap both the night before and morning of. My procedure was scheduled for mid-morning and I arrived 2 hours prior to that. Check-in was a breeze, they asked me to sign some papers and then affixed a band on to each of my wrists. After 30 minutes in the waiting room, I was called. Nurse escorted me to a space where the beds were separated by curtained bays. She had me change into a gown and proceeded to take some vital signs. She then fitted me with cuffs that ran the entire length from my knees to ankles. I believe these are used to ward off pulmonary embolism.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Calibri]The anesthesiologist came to start a line. This was done on the outer left wrist. First came a local anesthetic and then the insertion of the tube—both were painless. My urologist then paid a visit and asked me if I had any questions. I was then wheeled into the operating room. There was a hum of activity inside the room with at least 4-5 people prepping for the surgery. I was then outfitted with a mask and asked to inhale deeply (no countdown or anything)…………and the next thing I know, I was waking up in the recovery unit. Waking up did not feel jarring, I remember feeling very groggy and slightly disoriented but there was none of the nausea that I’ve heard other people experience. It also felt like only 5 minutes had elapsed from the time I was wheeled in. Talk about distortion of time! [/FONT]
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[FONT=Calibri]I glanced at the clock and saw that the operation had taken a little over 90 minutes. I was allowed to rest and get my bearings for another hour; during this time, I drifted in and out of a semi-sleep state. I then asked to use the restroom and was directed to one across the hall. No issues at all with starting urine stream. [/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri]When they deemed me ready to be discharged, I was transferred to a wheelchair and taken to the main entrance, where my wife retrieved the car from valet parking. The ride home was uneventful.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Calibri]For the rest of the day, I took things easy. I did not have any pain post operatively as the doctor has injected lidocaine into the area where the incisions and sutures were (each incision was a little over an inch in length to the left and right above the penis)[/FONT]
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[FONT=Calibri]Now, a week after the surgery, everything appears to have healed well. There was never any swelling. The incisions throbbed a bit when I was called upon to do a motion that stretched them (ie. getting out of bed, any kind of motion that engaged the lower abs, bending forward, etc) but I never had to take the Vicodin that was prescribed to me. I had read some horror stories about the recovery period but for me it was much ado about nothing, thankfully! The pain in the past week would best be classified as 1 or 2 out of 10.[/FONT]

[FONT=Calibri]I will be getting a sperm analysis done at the 3 month mark but hopefully, we’ll be able to achieve a BFP prior to that. As an aside, my counts fluctuated between 7 and 18 million with <5% motility on all tests. We have been TTC for 3 years. [/FONT]