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Old 01-01-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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Painful recovery from varicocele surgery

Hi, first-time poster here.

I've had varicocele surgery 10 days ago (left testicle). Initially, it has been thought to be a single vein, but it turned out that three veins were varicose. According to the surgeon, one of the veins was the thickness of the pinky finger, and was the second worst case that he has seen in his 20 years of practice. He also told me that my abdominal muscles were pretty ripped

The surgery was under local anaesthesia, and I have a 1.5" scar in the lower abdomen. I was in the hospital for 7 days. For the first few days I could not walk straight, and have had a pretty sharp pain around the incision area. Now I'm back home, and I get a very sharp pain / burning sensation below the incision point - this happens when getting out of bed, or sitting after standing for too long. I have a high pain threshold, but this pain is insane. I've woken up in agony a few times after turning in my sleep. It does help a bit if I put a lot of pressure on the scar when walking.

When the docs saw that the recovery was taking too long in the hospital, they did an ultrasound, and did not see anything wrong. Meanwhile, the sharp pain that I am experiencing has not gone down in intensity for a week. The area around the scar is still numb.

I'm going back to the hospital tomorrow, but I'm wondering if there would be some words of wisdom on the boards. The recovery seems to be way out of whack from all the sites I've looked at.

I've broken my jaw mountain biking, had a couple motorcycle accidents, tons of surfing-related injuries -- but this takes the cake as far as pain goes.

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Old 05-02-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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Re: Painful recovery from varicocele surgery

you still on here? curious to know what happened. 7 days in the hospital? wow, sorry to hear that. You must have had some serious complications.

i had mine two weeks ago. I think they kicked me out of the hospital like 10 minutes after! i was definitely still groggy from being knocked out for it.

I had FIFTEEN veins ligated. that's got to be a huge varicocele.

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