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   DIVISION OF MALE REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE AND SURGERY                   
How do you remove a Varicocele?

Patients often ask how I "remove" a varicocele. In fact, the dilated veins themselves are not removed; a varicocele is surgically treated by dividing the veins feeding into it. This picture from a recent operation shows the spared vas deferens, arteries, and lymphatics. The black suture shows the veins that have been tied off and divided.