Results of surgery

  • Surgery for painful varicocele: most patients with pain from a varicocele will have a major improvement in pain, or even complete pain relief.
  • Surgery for fertility: Several studies demonstrate that sperm numbers and motility improve after varicocele surgery. Some studies suggest that couples who have the varicocele fixed are 30 to 50% more likely to get pregnant that couples that do not have their varicocele fixed.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/26/2013.


  • Urology Care Foundation/American Urological Association. Varicoceles. Accessed 6/20/2013.
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Varicocele. Accessed 6/20/2013.

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