Complications of Surgery for Varicoceles

  • L. V. Wagenknecht
Conference paper


In our experience, high ligation of the spermatic vein for varicocele is an operation with an extremely low incidence of complications and almost without adverse reactions. We have performed high ligation of the spermatic vein in 650 patients with idiopathic varicocele. There was a serious complication in only one patient, who suffered from postoperative hemorrhage and had to be reoperated upon. Subcutaneous bleeding occurred in 2%–3% of the patients and was easily treated by one or two stitches under local anesthesia. In two patients a hernia developed due to insufficiency of the sutures, requiring surgical intervention.


Infertility Varicocele Hydrocele 

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  • L. V. Wagenknecht

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