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I underwent a varicocele embolization procedure in June 2008 for pain in my left testicle that was moderate but not overbearing. I was 28 at the time.
I had done some research online and, according to numerous websites, varicocele embolization carries basically no risks and the only possible problem that may arise from the procedure is a reoccurrence of the varicocele. In other words, you can’t be worse off than you started. I thought to get rid of slight annoyance. I saw a radiologist specializing in embolizations who confirmed the low risks. He lectures all over the world on the subject and he eventually performed the operation on me.
Having a varicocele embolization turned out to be the worst decision I have ever made in my life.
The goals of this website are:
- to make people think twice about getting a varicocele embolization,
- to hear other people’s stories and problems with this type of embolization, and
- to share detailed information on the solution to these problems. Specifically: the removal of the coils has proved to be a viable solution. According to testimony from those who have had the coils removed (including myself), their removal is extremely beneficial and more or less without side effects even months after the operation.
Please note: I get a lot of people writing to this website, asking what they should do about their varicocele, and how to deal with the pain. Unfortunately, i can’t post all of these comments because the website would lose its meaning. This is not a varicocele-help website. This is a website dedicated to sharing the true dangers of varicocele embolizations. If you are writing to ask whether or not you should undergo an embolization for your varicocele, the answer is clearly, in my opinion: NO!
I also get an occasional person trying to post that varicocele embolizations aren’t dangerous, that i’m wrong, that the medical establishment can’t be so wrong. I won’t post these comments. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that don’t agree with me… notably, all the doctors willing to perform embolizations in the first place. This website is about people sharing their problems with the procedure, not all the success stories (yes i hope they exist too) and second-hand opinions.
PS. It seems there are important differences between embolizations with and without the insertion of metal coils. This webpage concerns primarily coil embolizations. See John’s posts below ( ) for more information about non-coil embolizations….. he seems to have had a very bad experience, although i havent had a recent update. so, personally, i wouldnt do a non-coil operation either.
On November 18, 2016, I myself underwent laparoscopic surgery with Dr. Pierre Attignac of Paris, France to remove the embolization coils. It has been years and I haven’t regretted it for one second–I’d do it again in a heartbeat. See updates on my page “COIL REMOVAL SURGERY AND RECOVERY“ for more information.
Scientific inquiry since then supports the idea that coil removal can resolve chronic pain post-embolization. See https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33457722/ (The conclusion (“To our knowledge, this is the first case report demonstrating the surgical removal…” is a bit disingenuous if not faux-cul but i guess we’ll take anything we can get. thanks to Mike for sharing, see post 5 jan 2023).
The following is a list of doctors that have performed the coil removal operation or expressed willingness to try (please contact me to add to this list):
Dr. Antonio Finelli, Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada (patient : Mike, see posts below)
Dr. Kozlowski and Dr. Brandenberger, Virginia Mason in Seattle, WA. (patient: Kevin, see post below) (FYI– Kevin has not responded in months to questions regarding his status. I have no idea how he has fared since surgery.)
Dr. Kevin Petersen of No Insurance Surgery, Las Vegas NV (patient: Chip, see post below)
Dr. Robert Stein, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, US (patient: Scott, see post and operating report below)
Dr. Gary Alter, Los Angeles (perhaps, suggestion from blog post)
Dr. Egydio, Brazil (perhaps, suggestion from blog post)
Dr. Mohammed Waseem Salkini, JW Ruby Hospital, Morgantown WV (same patient that posted the youtube surgery video)
Dr Rutkowski, WNY Urology, NY (procedure schedule for Ryan, see post below)
Dr. Pierre Attignac, Urologist based in Paris, France, (He performed the removal on me the 18th of November 2016)
Dr. Beley Sébastien, Paris France (patient: Michael, see posts below.)
Dr. Neil Barber, Nuffield Woking Hospital, Woking England (near London) (see JH’s post below)
Dr. Hugh Gilbert, Nuffield Health, UK
Dr. Timothy Hagreev, who performed an open surgery removal, from the interventional Radiology handbook, a retired UK surgeon
Dr. Bernardo Rocco, Columbus Clinic Center, Milan, Italy (Davide, via private email, see posts below)
Dr. Djinovich, Serbia (perhaps, suggestion from blog post)
Dr. Azar Khan, King’s College Hospital/London Bridge Hospital, London
____?____, Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, Netherlands (patient: Edo, see post below)
____?____, the swiss doctor that performed the removal on Fabian from Switzerland, see topix posts
Dr. Fahad Bamehriz, King Khalid hospital at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia (patient : Mohammed, this is the video that can be seen on youtube, also see topix posts)
Dr. Kenny Du Toit, Cape Town South Africa, utoiturology.co.za . (See Viggo’s posts below)
Dr Peter Burke, Brisbane Urology (Patient Glenn Petrie via facebook posts)
Another doctor in Brisbane (Patient B) contact me directly for more info
____, (See NC’s posts 26 june 2019 below. Contact me directly for more specific info)
Dr Avanish Arora, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai (See Sag’s post 26 sep 2022 below)
Feel free to send me comments; if suitable, I will be happy to post.
First time commentors: if possible, please state where you are located, how old you are, and other related medical history. It gives us an idea where everyone is and their situation.