What Is It?
Varicocele is a swelling of the veins
above the testicles. It is like having
varicose veins in the legs. The swelling
happens when too much blood collects
in the veins.
Varicoceles may cause an achy or heavy
feeling in the scrotum that may increase
later in the day, after standing for a long
time, or after exercise. You may also
see swollen veins just under the skin in
the scrotum. We suggest compression
shorts or a scrotal support for exercise
and to decrease the achy feeling.
Varicoceles in young boys often do not
need treatment. Your pediatric urologist
will work with you to choose the best
treatment for your child.
If Surgery is Needed
ξ For 2 to 3 days, your child will feel
pain at the incision and in the affected
side of his scrotum.
o For pain use prescribed pain
medicine or over-the-counter
medicine such as acetaminophen
ξ You may notice swelling in your
child’s scrotum. It may last for a week.
o Wear a scrotal support as directed
by your provider.
ξ Leave the dressing on for 24 to 48
hours as directed by your provider.
o There are steri-strips over your
child’s incision. These fall off in 1
– 2 weeks.
ξ Keep the incision clean and dry
o Your child may shower briefly
after 24 hours. No soaking in a
bathtub, whirlpool, hot tub, or
swimming pool for 1 week or as
directed by your provider.
ξ Check the incision daily and call if
you notice any of these signs.
o Skin around incision is red and
o Pus-like drainage comes from the
o Temperature is over 100.5º F.
o Increased or new redness or
swelling around the incision.
ξ No strenuous activity until your child
is seen for a follow up urology clinic
If you have any problems, please call
your clinic or doctor.
Pediatric Urology Clinic, Monday-
Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
After hours, nights and weekends, the
clinic number will be answered by the
paging operator. Ask for the Urology
Resident on call. Give the operator your
name and phone number with the area
code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call
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