What is included in the long-term monitoring following varicocele repair?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: Wesley M White, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Answer

Check the patient's semen 3-4 months after surgery. Because spermatogenesis requires approximately 72 days, any effects from the varicocele repair on semen analysis results are delayed.

Patient instructions

See the list below:

  • The patient returns to the clinical office for a wound evaluation in approximately 7-10 days.

  • Schedule a follow-up examination for a wound check and varicocele examination for 8 weeks after surgery.

  • Schedule a semen analysis and consultation for 4 months after surgery. At this time, the timing of subsequent appointments can be discussed.

For patient education information, see the Men's Health Center, as well as The Male Anatomy and Testicular Pain.


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