What are the common discomforts or symptoms after varicocele repair?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: Wesley M White, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Patients may experience some postoperative discomfort. Complications are rare. Common discomforts or symptoms do not require a doctor's attention and may include the following:

  • Minor bruising and slight discoloration may appear around the groin incisions but are self-limited.

  • The sensation of hardness around and beneath the incision site resolves in approximately 3 weeks.

  • The slight redness and tenderness around the incision from the normal healing process resolves in a few days.

  • A very small amount of thin, clear, pinkish fluid drains from the incision for a few days after the procedure. Advise patients to keep the area clean and dry.

  • A sore throat, headache, nausea, constipation, and general body ache occur because of the surgical procedure and anesthetic. Advise patients that these problems resolve within 24 hours.

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