Laparoscopic Varicocelectomy for Bilateral Varicoceles in Infertile Males


ABSTRACT:BACKGROUND :Varicoceles, present in 15% to 20% of men, are the most common abnormal finding among men presenting with infertility.Despite the very long history of the disease and many records on different surgical and radiological solutions, the ideal method of spermatic vein ligation for varicocele is still a matter of controversy. The perfect technique would be one that preserves testicular function and eliminates the varicocele with a low rate of recurrence, hydrocele formation and any other complications.OBJECTIVE:To assess the efficacy of laparoscopic Varicocelectomy for management of bilateral palpable varicoceles in infertile males.METHODS:We analysed the result of 25 patients presented with history of infertility and diagnosed to have bilateral palpable varicoceles treated in our department with Bilateral laparoscopic ligation of the spermatic vessels between January 2009 and November 2010.RESULTS:The average operative (Bilateral Laparoscopic Varicocelectomy) time was 34 minutes. There were no intra operative complications in the study group. Hydrocele formation was seen in 3 (6%) patients recurrence was seen in one (2%) patient .The average hospital stay was 18 hours. postoperative analgesics (1-2) doses , daily activities initiation usually started after 48 hrs and physical exercise 72 hrs . non of the patient has developed an atrophic testis as a result of the laparoscopic procedure. eighteen patients (72% )of the patients had improvement of the seminal fluid parameters During follow up period (6 months),with seminal fluid analysis, clinical and ultrasonic examination.CONCLUSION:Laparoscopic varicocele ligation is a simple and safe technique, causing minimal morbidity and enabling rapid return to normal activity