What is a Spermatic Vein Embolization?

This is a procedure to treat varicose veins (often called a varicocele) in the testicles and scrotum that cause pain, testicular atrophy and/or fertility problems. Somewhat like what happens with varicose veins, veins in the scrotum can become enlarged and cause painful pressure. Using a catheter — a thin tube that is inserted though a small nick in the inner thigh — a doctor can insert either materials that block the flow of blood to faulty veins or medications that shrink them.